Lynn Adams Langmuir

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Lynn Adams Langmuir of Chestnut Hill, died at the age of 60 on April 2 after a courageous 12-year battle against breast cancer.

Lynn grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and lived her adult life in and around Boston. She studied at Bennington College and graduated from Boston University in 1976 with a degree in music. In 1988 she received a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University. She worked as an occupational therapist and researcher, dedicating herself especially to assisting elders to maintain independence in their own homes.

Lynn was a gifted weaver, sculptor, ceramicist, and writer. She read voraciously, loved music and was a wonder with children. Until her illness began to hamper her activities she volunteered for many years with the New England Regional Office of the American Friends Service Committee.

While Lynn lived and worked in the Boston area, she considered her true home to be Martha’s Vineyard, where she spent countless time from her earliest years. In 1935 her grandparents Herbert and Edith (Sophie) Langmuir purchased a small camp on Stonewall Beach/Nashaquitsa Cliffs. Since the early 1970s Lynn and her siblings Paul, Susan, and Ann and their spouses and offspring have owned and cared for this stunning property and its simple buildings.

Lynn knew the Island in all seasons. She would often camp out in the little non-insulated house on the cliff even in deepest winter when the coffee would freeze in her thermos overnight. She made pottery from the clay of her cliff and jam from the wild grapes and blackberries. She and her partner, Ellen Simons, would paddle their kayaks in many ponds, tramping all around the Island with their marvelous dog, Flash. She swam and made sand sculptures on Stonewall beach with generations of siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Like Lynn, five generations of Langmuirs have fallen in love with this beautiful and unique island. Lynn’s father, Alex, and stepmother, Leona Baumgartner, lived on the Island for decades. Family conversations at the dining table often centered on issues such as Island health care, land conservation, and improving resources for year-round Island residents. Lynn and her family did not just talk about these issues, they took steps to address these concerns. For example, her parents, with Lynn’s involvement, worked with the Vineyard Open Land Foundation to create “Nat’s Farm” in West Tisbury, which serves as a model of land development that safeguarded the environment, created opportunities for farming, affordable housing, energy efficient design, and public access. Many Langmuir siblings, nieces and nephews, and cousins and off-spring own land and contribute to the well-being of the Island. Lynn was especially close to Grady and Griffin Stalgren, newest members of the fifth generation of Langmuirs devoted to the Island, who were born on the Island and live here year-round with their parents.

Lynn’s siblings Ann, Paul, and Jane predeceased her. She is survived by her partner ,Ellen Simons, her sister, Susan Langmuir, her sisters-in-law Jane Langmuir and Carmen Febo San Miguel, nieces and nephews Jenny Remer, Randy Fowler, Eric Fowler, Karl Langmuir, Christian Langmuir Foster, and numerous grand nieces and nephews, cousins, and a community of loving friends.

A memorial gathering will take place in Bigelow Chapel of the Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt. Auburn St, in Cambridge on Saturday, June 9 at 2 pm. Friends and family are kindly invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Lynn may be sent to the New England Regional Office of the American Friends Service Committee, 2161 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140 and Mudflat Studio General Fund, 81 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145. For more information, please contact Susan Langmuir at susan.langmuir@drexelmed.edu.