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June 4, 2013

Priscilla (Kippy) Olivette Kippen Travers, 93

Valparaiso, FL — Priscilla O. Kippen, 93, died at her home in Valparaiso, FL on May 13, 2013. She was born on September 17, 1919 in Gloucester, MA to Alma Melissa Miller and Lambert Forrest Kippen.

She graduated from Gloucester High School and attended Boston University where she was the only female math major in her senior class when WWII broke out. She was immediately put through final exams after being recruited by the US War Department and assigned to Aberdeen Providing Grounds, Maryland where she began her career in the civil service as a mathematician and scientist computing trajectories and analyzing ballistics before the use of high speed computers. She was then promoted to head up the group developing mathematical methods for evaluation of the nuclear weapons at Edwards Air Force Base, CA. In 1955 she transferred to Eglin Air Force Base when she developed mathematical models to simulate the flight of the then new fighter aircraft as well as high-speed bombers and the weapon delivery systems. She was the only female selected to participate in Operation Bluestraw - live drops at nuclear weapons in the Pacific. In the sixties her career shifted from nuclear to non-nuclear development and analysis of conventional weapons. During her career she received numerous awards including the prestigious Bowers Commemorative Award that recognizes exceptional people-oriented programs. After a long and illustrious career she retired as the chief of the Weapons Evaluation Branch of the Air Force Armament Laboratory. From the time she arrived at Eglin until she retired in 1984 she was the highest ranked female at Eglin AFB, FL.

Kippy spent many years supporting and leading the movement for women's rights in the workplace as well as advocating for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) Kippy described herself as a "curious person from the age of two" who always had a story to tell and a project in the works. For decades her work was classified but the last few years she began to tell stories of her unique career and professional adventures. From buying up every (yes, every) sponge in Valparaiso one day to simulate a bomb drop, to being asked to serve coffee before the joint chiefs of staff meeting because she was the only female sitting at the table (which she admits sometimes doing and sometimes not), to riding out to the proving grounds to find unexploded bombs at the same time as her superiors were concerned that she was riding in a truck on bumpy roads while pregnant! Just recently she related the story of her being the "official, unofficial escort" for Jimmy Doolittle whenever he visited the base. "He was a real gentleman" she said. Kippy loved a good story!

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  • Mary Gilmore Helming, 96

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  • Robert E. Holloway, 76

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  • Rose E. Hindy, 99

    Gloucester, MA — Rose E. (George) Hindy, 99, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 22, in her sleep. She was born in Onset, Mass. on Sept. 13, 1914, the second child of Joseph and Hassnie George. In 1924, the George family moved to Gloucester. She was the oldest daughter of nine children. In 1934, she married George Hindy and they moved to Boston where they raised their five children. "Rosie" was the sweetest, most precious little lady with nothing but kind words always and was never judgmental.

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  • Clifford F. Brennan, 98

    Gloucester, MA — Clifford F. Brennan, 98, known to all as Cliffy, passed away peacefully on Tuesday evening, July 22, 2014 at the Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

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  • Mary T. (Sullivan) Allen, 93

    Peabody, MA — Mary T. (Sullivan) Allen, 93, of South Peabody, died peacefully at her residence on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 with her family at her side. She was the wife of the late James E. Allen. She was born in Somerville, Mass. on Dec. 26, 1920, the daughter of the late Michael and Bridget (Hickey) Sullivan and was raised and educated there. After her marriage, she and her husband had resided in Arlington, Mass. and Hamden, Conn., before moving to Peabody 48 years ago. She had worked in her earlier years as a comptometer for First National Stores in Somerville. Mary loved to cook and the family enjoyed her famous clam dip. She also traveled with her husband and enjoyed playing Bridge and other card games. In her healthier years, she was a devout communicant of St. Ann’s Church.

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  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014
  • L. Lee Harrington, 84

    Gloucester, MA — Lewis Lee Harrington, 84, of Gloucester, passed away on Monday morning, July 21, 2014, in Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Gloucester.

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  • Monday, July 21, 2014
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  • Joseph J. Orlando, 90

    Gloucester — Joseph J. Orlando, 90, of Gloucester, passed away on Saturday morning, July 19, 2014, at Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by his family.

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  • Thomas M. Cusick, 54

    Amesbury — Thomas M. Cusick, 54, of Amesbury, formerly of Gloucester, passed away on Thursday evening, July 17, 2014, at his Amesbury home.

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  • Friday, July 18, 2014
  • Joan M. Oliver, 72

    Gloucester — Joan M. (Hurlburt) Oliver, 72, of Gloucester, passed away on Wednesday evening, July 16, 2014, at Beverly Hospital, surrounded by her family

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  • Thursday, July 17, 2014
  • Blues legend Johnny Winter dies at 70

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  • Diane Nelson, 60

    Punta Gorda, FL — Diane Nelson passed away suddenly on July 15, 2014. She was born on Sept. 30, 1953 in Chelsea, Mass. She grew up in Saugus, Mass.

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  • Thomas F. Keohane, 80

    Magnolia — Thomas F. Keohane, 80, of Magnolia, died Monday, July 14, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

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  • V. Geraldine J. "Gerry" (Nettles) Mills, 82

    Salem, NH — V. Geraldine J. (Nettles) Mills, 82, of Salem, wife of the late William A. Mills, passed peacefully into the presence of her Lord and Savior, Sunday, July 13, at Salemhaven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by her loving family. Gerry was born in Somerville, Mass., the daughter of the late Velma (Arens) and John Nettles.

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  • Tuesday, July 15, 2014
  • Deborah T. Ketchopulos, 67

    Rockport, MA — Deborah “Deb” (Tyne) Ketchopulos, 67, wife of James “Jim” G. Ketchopulos of Rockport, Mass., passed away on Friday July 11, 2014, following a brief illness at Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by her loving family.

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  • Garrin T. "Gabba" Orlando

    Gloucester — Garrin T. “Gabba” Orlando, 44, died unexpectedly Friday, July 11, 2014, at his home.

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  • Helen Atwood, 90

    Formerly of Athol and Gloucester — Helen E. Atwood, 90, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., passed away July 10, 2014. The second child of George and Helen Grant of Athol, Mass., Helen graduated from Athol schools at 15 and from Mass State College, now UMass-Amherst, at 19. She married Milford W. Atwood upon graduation in 1943, and they had three children. That marriage ended in divorce. Helen was a dietician who ran the general’s dining room at the Pentagon during World War II, and served as the dietitian for an elementary school in Gill, Mass. Later, she earned a master’s degree in math education from Salem State College in Salem, Mass., and had a long career as a 7th grade math teacher, retiring in 1987 from Beverly Public Schools in Beverly, Mass. Helen spent more than 30 years as a hospital volunteer, first at Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, and then at Helen Ellis Hospital in Tarpon Springs. A lifelong church member, Helen was clerk of her church in Massachusetts, served on a pastoral search committee, and taught Sunday school. In Tarpon Springs, she served on board committees for the Green Dolphin Condominium Association. Helen was devoted to her children and grandson, and spent her life making wonderful opportunities available to them. She is survived by her two daughters and their spouses, Fred and Carol Atwood-Lyon of Tarpon Springs and Dover, N.H., and Mark and Sally Hamilton of New Port Richey; and her son and his wife, Skip and Cindy Atwood of Tarpon Springs and Nobleboro, Maine. She is also survived by one grandchild, William Curtis Tawney of Tampa; her sister, Barbara Grant Donahue of Shrewsbury, Mass.; and three nieces. Helen was predeceased by her life partner, Doric J. Alviani of Wenham, Mass.; her brother, G. William Grant of Anaheim, Calif.; and her parents, George and Helen Grant, of Athol.

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  • Monday, July 14, 2014
  • Joseph P. Randazza

    Haverhill — Joseph P. Randazza, 80, passed away peacefully on July 4, 2014, at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, after living with pancreatic cancer for more than six years. He was surrounded by the love of his son, daughter and wife. Joe was the husband of H. Jacqueline “Jackie” Randazza, who shared her love of life with Joe and lovingly cared for him during his declining years. Jackie would like to acknowledge the assistance provided by the Merrimack Valley Hospice home care providers. Their professionalism and respect was evident.

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  • Ronald M. Reardon Sr., 83

    Gloucester — Ronald M. Reardon Sr., 83, died Friday, July 11, 2014, at Kindred Hospital in Peabody, following a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of Phyllis M. (Susanno) Reardon.

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