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Sarah "Sally" Lupfer, friend

Sarah "Sally" Lupfer, age 94, died peacefully at her home in Lexington, MA, in the early morning of October 25, 2018. Born February 3, 1924, to Snowden Henry and Elspeth Merck Henry, Sally grew up in the Chestnut Hill area of Philadelphia and later in Llewellyn Park in West Orange, NJ.

She attended Milton Academy in Milton, MA, graduating in 1941, and then Vassar College, graduating with the wartime class of 1945-4 (the "class with the dash"). Building on her undergraduate interest in biological sciences, she and her friend and future sister-in-law, Hope Lupfer (Brooks) began working as laboratory assistants to Frederick W. Barnes, doing basic biochemical research at the University of Cincinnati. Later, Sally moved with his lab to Baltimore. Eventually, she entered a doctoral program in pharmacology at Columbia University in New York City, receiving her Ph.D. in May of 1957.

Through her friendship with Hope, Sally met Edgar Lupfer of Springfield, OH, and the two were married in 1958, making their home in Springfield and raising two children. During her years in Ohio, Sally gave her time and talents to numerous organizations, serving on the boards of the Clark Memorial Home, the Child Guidance Center (later the Clark County Mental Health Board), the Springfield Foundation and the Women's Association of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.

She was a director of the Alumni Association of Vassar College from 1965 through 1968, and served on the President's Advisory Council from 2003 through 2005. She and Ed were enthusiastic supporters of many local social and arts organizations, and they enjoyed traveling in Europe extensively after retirement. They spent many summers in Brooklin, ME, and winters in Sanibel, FL, ever expanding their circle of friends and engagement with those communities.

Sally had a scientifically inquisitive mind and a remarkable memory that made her one part naturalist and one part genealogist, and she kept up with a wide-flung network of friendships and family over generations and distance. She taught her children always to keep an eye open for the small mushroom or tiny beetle, and to wonder about how things worked or simply to appreciate that they were. She lived by her ethic that everyone ought to be a productive member of society and contribute in some way to the greater good, and she and Ed put their resources into action through ongoing support of the arts, environment, education and justice.

She wanted everyone to exercise their right to vote.

She was predeceased by Edgar in 1999, and is survived by her daughter, Caroline (Kurtz) of Missoula, MT, and son, Jonathan Lupfer of Cambridge, MA; their spouses, Willis Kurtz and Susan Berseth; granddaughter, Ella Kurtz; brother Bayard Henry of Westwood, MA, and sister Caroline Royster of Chapel Hill, NC, and their families. Interment of her ashes will be at Ferncliff Cemetery in Springfield, OH. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Edgar and Sarah Lupfer Fund at The Springfield Foundation.