Nora Antoun Hakim, 90
Shrewsbury/Newton – Nora Antoun Hakim, 90, formerly a 68-year resident of Shrewsbury, died peacefully Tuesday July 26, 2011,under the care of her family and the staff at the Stone Institute in Newton. She was born in Worcester, daughter of Ameen J. and Sophie (Farage) Antoun.
She leaves her family of five children, Clifford, Clyde, Geoffrey, Christopher and Melanie, and their father Adnan J. Hakim. She is also survived by her grand-children, Benjamin, Natalie, Adam, Gabriella, and Jeremy.
Mrs. Hakim graduated from New York University in 1943 with a BS in Education. She became a speech therapist and educator and actively volunteered with the Red Cross during World War II, serving in the Japanese Internment Camps in Arizona and on Virginia Beach, providing education and entertainment programs for wounded U.S. officers.
While raising her family, she served as chair of the Shrewsbury School Committee and held the same post with the finance committee. In these roles, she led with her vision bringing fresh perspectives and programs into the schools and town, including a child/parent development curriculum that thrives today.
A phrase that captures Mrs. Hakim is “Try anything at anytime in your life – be creative.” She was a prolific poet, sculptor and painter, expressing through her art the nuances of life as well as her travels. For example, she lived and went to college in New York City and painted “New York, New York” a vibrant, award-winning still life of apples.
In her philosophy and actions of life, she was ahead of her time, inspiring people to express themselves, volunteer in their community, be curious about the world, travel, enjoy and preserve the beauty on this earth, and do work that contributes to others.
A memorial service will be held Saturday Aug. 13, at 1 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 90 Holden St., Worcester. A memorial fund in her name has been established with the Red Cross: American Red Cross of Central Mass., 2000 Century Dr., Worcester, MA 01606 (www.redcrosscwm.org). Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main St., Holden.
For online condolences, please visit www.milesfuneralhome.com.
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