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Marjorie Hinners O'Byrne, a resident of Duxbury, Massachusetts, died on April 18, 2018, of natural causes. The daughter of Marie (McCloskey) and Frank Hinners, she was born in Brooklyn, NY. Raised in Brooklyn and Long Island, she graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in journalism in 1941. She married John Coates O'Byrne, her college sweetheart, in 1945. She is survived by her sister, Ruth Rotondi, her children, Kathleen M. O'Byrne and her partner, Peter Leofanti, of Roslindale, MA; Stephen F. O'Byrne and his wife, Susan O'Byrne, of Larchmont, NY; Margret O'Byrne Nelson and her husband, Andrew Nelson, of Roslindale, MA; , and Mary E. O'Byrne and her husband, Marsden McGuire, of Baltimore, MD; adopted daughter, Ann Stanley, of Marblehead, MA; seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1989.
Marjorie approached life with enthusiasm and a journalist's curiosity. She embodied vitality.
In an era known for holding women back from meaningful employment and success, Marjorie worked steadily across various fields, all of which drew on her considerable strengths as a writer, observer, designer and teacher. From the city desk of the Syracuse Post-Standard shortly after graduating from college, she went on to write for Women's Wear Daily and Harper's Bazaar, the Iowa City Press-Citizen, the Evanston Review, and the Chicago Tribune. Her last newspaper assignment was writing "Getting Around", the Boston Globe column featuring unique retail discoveries. She also worked in advertising for Macy's, Filene's, and Alden's stores.
Marjorie taught journalism and writing, bringing a wealth of experience and dedication to her students, at Syracuse University, the University of Iowa, the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Barat College, Kendall College, Simmons College, Northeastern University, Boston University and the University of Georgia. She served as the first public relations director for Bloomingdale's in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. She was active in local and national professional organizations, including Theta Sigma Phi, later known as Women in Communications.
Marjorie loved beautiful things. She was a gifted decorator, creating over twenty beautiful homes, each distinctively her style. She had a unique eye for color; she could match paint and fabric across time and space like nobody else. Her homes were filled with artwork, often the work of young and lesser known artists whose careers she promoted actively. She was doing eclectic interiors years before this became a decorating norm. Her fashion sense was equally well-honed; an elegant dresser, she had a thing for beautiful shoes.
Long before the word network became a verb, Marjorie was a connector. She relished linking people with common interests. She saw herself as a catalyst, and enjoyed helping others find and develop their talents. Her prodigious memory was a great asset in this lifelong pursuit. She could recall individuals she had met years ago, and relate their conversations and dealings in detail. Well into her 80s, she traveled widely in Europe, where she had a knack for making friends on buses, in restaurants and shops. Whether at home or abroad, she made new friends easily, across ages, backgrounds and political views. She was a loyal friend.
Marjorie did not suffer fools, and was known to express her opinions with flair. She was well-informed, still reading two daily papers and following the evening news closely until shortly before her death. She enjoyed a good laugh, and was quick to see the humor in tough situations. ike Auntie Mame, she looked at life as a banquet and she shared it with vigor. The family journalist, she loved communicating the events and achievements of her children and grandchildren. She was a loving and generous mother. She was always up for something new, and actively embraced change. For years, her telephone sign off, after saying "I love you", with "We'll see what happens next".
The light has dimmed with her departure.
Visiting hours will be held in the Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Avenue, Needham, on Friday April 20th from 4-7 pm.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to: Youth Haven, 5867 Whitaker Rd, Naples, FL 34112-2963, http://www.youthhavenswfl.org/what-we-do/ or to The Cradle, 2049 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201 https://www.cradle.org/support-the-cradle/ways-give/make-donation, or to Tippett Hospice Home c/o VNA Hospice & Palliative Care, Fund Development Office, 199 Rosewood Drive, Suite 180, Danvers, MA 01923 www.vnacare.org/donors