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Marjorie B. Wright
  • In tribute to Mrs. Wright, donations may be sent to "Newton Food Pantry," an organization which provides food for as many as 700 people each month: Newton Food Pantry, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA 02459.

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Marjorie B. Wright, 93, died peacefully on January 12, 2018, following a brief illness. She was an inspiration to many as a dietitian, friend, neighbor, wife, mother, and grandmother. Her kindness and dedication to others were beyond compare.
Born on December 10, 1924 to William Ernest Blackwood and Hazel Dreibelbis Blackwood, Marjorie was raised in Woodbury, New Jersey, attended the Central Baptist Church, and graduated from Woodbury High School in 1942. In 1946, she completed a Bachelor of Science degree at Penn State University with a major in dietetics, and was selected for an internship for administrative dietetics at the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, New York, which she completed in 1947 and became a registered dietitian.
She began her professional life in a job at Yale University, where she worked from 1947 to 1949 as Dining Room Supervisor. Marjorie's boss during this period wrote glowingly of her efficient and skillful work, and stated that "she immediately created and maintained a friendly and happy spirit between herself and the four hundred young men she fed." One of these young men had the immense good fortune of catching her eye and winning her heart, Bradford Wright of Glens Falls, NY, who had returned to Yale as a student after a five-year interruption for military service during World War II. They were married in 1949, had three children, and enjoyed 64 years of marriage.
Following their wedding, the Wrights moved to New York City, where Marjorie helped to put Bradford through graduate school by working fulltime as a dietitian and kitchen administrator at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, a position she held from 1949-1954. In the fall of 1954, the couple moved to the Boston area, first to Belmont and then to Newton, which became their permanent home. Marjorie's career continued with a position at Harvard University, which she relinquished when her attention turned to having children and raising a family.
As a mother, one could not have asked for a better role model. Her sweet disposition was always evident, and though clearly in charge of things, she was unfailingly patient, nurturing, and supportive. As the children became of school age, Mrs. Wright resumed her professional life, first in the summers when Bradford could be home with the children (Newton-Wellesley, Boston Lying In, and Mass General Hospitals), and later as a skilled dietary consultant at numerous nursing homes in the Boston area, including Saint Monica's in Roxbury, Belmont Manor, Charwell House in Norwood, Elliot Manor in Newton, and most significantly for thirty years at Weston Manor. She became extremely knowledgeable about the dietary needs of nursing home patients with various medical conditions, and took great care to educate those with whom she worked about this topic, as well as about food safety and best practices in food service management. With her unique ability to connect empathetically with the patients and staff at these nursing homes, her warmth and supportive ways became legendary. In 1997 she was honored by the American Dietetic Association for 50 years of service.
From 1958 to 2002, Mrs. Wright was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church in Newton Corner, where her husband was organist and choir director. She engaged in a wide range of volunteer roles in the church, including Sunday school teacher, choir mother, and hospitality chairperson, and she co-edited a stunning booklet about the stained-glass windows of the church. After Bradford's retirement from the church, the Wrights retained a great fondness for Grace Church and its parishioners, while also becoming part of the church family at All Saints Church in Brookline where they both enjoyed the excellent music program for which the church is known, and reaped the benefits of the care and concern that was extended by the church community.
Mrs. Wright enjoyed telling stories about her earlier life, including visits to the dairy farm in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania where her mother was raised, summer vacations at Cape May, New Jersey, childhood adventures with her dear sister, a trip with a friend to national parks out west after college in the 1940s, and her courtship with Bradford.
Those who knew Marjorie will never forget her amazing graciousness and hospitality. She was an outstanding cook with broad interest in the cuisine of different parts of the world, and someone who treated both the preparation and presentation of food as a work of art. Over the years, Mrs. and Mr. Wright exhibited extraordinary kindness and generosity to their neighbors. In a remarkable "circle of kindness," new neighbors who had taken the place of the old lavished similar generosity and concern back toward the Wrights during their later years, for which the family is most grateful.
Marjorie is survived by her daughter Barbara, her son William and daughter-in-law Ethel, her daughter Virginia and son-in-law Devon Lowdon, four grandchildren, two nieces, and a nephew. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bradford (2014) her sister, Gertrude Cotanche (2003), and her son-in-law Philipp Naegele (2011).
A memorial service will take place on Saturday, June 16 at 11:00 am at Grace Church, 76 Eldredge Street in Newton Corner. In tribute to Mrs. Wright, donations may be sent to "Newton Food Pantry," an organization which provides food for as many as 700 people each month: Newton Food Pantry, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA 02459.