Mary Katherine Young, mother of Westonite

Mary Katherine Chumley Young died Sunday, June 24, 2012, at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. She was 79. She was born on July 31, 1932, in Winchester, Tenn., and graduated from the University of Alabama at age 19. After a long and distinguished career as a middle-school English teacher in Atlanta, she retired to pursue a new business collecting and dealing in folk art and antique dolls. She was married for more than 50 years to the late Joe M. Young. Among the three children and seven grandchildren who survive her are her son Jon M. Young and daughter-in-law … Read more

Tribute for Burry Fredrik at the playhouse this Sunday

A celebration of the life of Tony Award-winning producer and noted director Burry Fredrik (1925-2012) will be hosted by the Westport Country Playhouse on Sunday, July 1, at 3 p.m. The tribute will be in the Lucille Lortel White Barn Center’s Sheffer Rehearsal Studio, 25 Powers Court, Westport. A reception will follow. Ms. Fredrik, formerly of Weston, won a Tony award for co-producing Tom Stoppard’s Travesties, and led an active theatrical career spanning more than five decades. At a time when women rarely held such positions, she made her Broadway debut in 1950 stage managing The Relapse, which had transferred … Read more

Francis J. McNamara Jr., trial attorney, philanthropist

Francis J. McNamara Jr., a prominent Connecticut trial attorney and philanthropist, and step-father of Michael J. (and Leslie) Magner of Weston, died Friday, June 8, 2012, in Vero Beach, Fla. He was 84. Mr. McNamara Jr. was born in Boston, Mass., on Nov. 30, 1927. He spent his early years in Washington, D.C., and graduated from Gonzaga High School in 1945. He served in the U.S. Navy as a seaman in 1946. He attended Georgetown University, receiving a bachelor of arts degree in 1949 and completing his college education in three years. Mr. McNamara received a bachelor of laws degree … Read more

Susan Jaquith Hutchinson, former Weston first selectman

Susan Jaquith Hutchinson of Isle of Springs, Maine, and Fernandina Beach, Fla., a former first selectmen of Weston, passed away on June 16, 2012, surrounded by her family at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass. Susan was 70 years old and battled cancer for three years. Daughter of Eleanor and Donald Jaquith, Susan was born on Sept. 18, 1941. She grew up as part of a large family on the north shore of Boston. Susan graduated from Beverly High School in 1959. After high school she attended Nasson College in Springvale, Maine, and graduated with a degree in English … Read more

Robert James Bradley

Robert James Bradley, born in New Britain, CT, on January 2, 1938, to Francis Patrick Bradley and Anna McCabe Bradley, died peacefully on June 12, 2012, after a brief illness. Bob spent his youth in Old Wethersfield, CT, and retained many friendships from those happy times. He joined the Marines in 1956 and was stationed in Camp Lejeune, NC. Bob felt that his military experience had an extremely positive influence on him, helping him set the high standards he adhered to in both his personal and business life. After two years in the Marines, he worked for Northeast Utilities in … Read more

Marianne Liberatore, president of Music for Youth

Marianne van Hoorn Liberatore passed away peacefully in her Weston home on Friday, June 1, 2012, after a period of declining health. She leaves behind two sons, Joe Jewett of Northampton, Massachusetts and Willem Jewett of Ripton, Vermont, and their families: Joe’s wife Kira, foster daughter Sokah, daughter Aislyn, and son Rainier; and Will’s wife Jean and their daughters Anneke and Abigail, as well as cousins Magteld, Cordula, Reinier, and Nico in Holland. She also leaves a niece, Carolyn Lester of Andover, CT, and several stepchildren: George, Virginia, Nick, Elliott, and Mark. She was predeceased by her husband of thirty-eight … Read more

Burry Fredrik, Broadway trailblazer, dies at 86

Tony Award-winning producer and noted director Burry Fredrik died at her home in Weston, Conn., on Tuesday, May 22. Cause of death was complications from a stroke she suffered more than two years ago. Ms. Fredrik, who won a Tony Award for co-producing Tom Stoppard’s Travesties led an active theatrical career spanning over five decades. At a time when women rarely held such positions, Ms. Fredrik made her Broadway debut in 1950, stage managing The Relapse, which had transferred from the Brattle Theatre in Boston. As production stage manager, she would go on to such notable productions as the world … Read more

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