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Robert Donovan, 79

Robert Donovan of Westport died May 8. He was 79.

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Robert Donovan: pharmaceutical executive. Contributed photo

He was born in Boston, and attended Boston Latin, the College of the Holy Cross, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

He spent his career in the pharmaceutical industry, shaping the strategy and growth of companies including Novartis, Sandoz Consumer Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, and Sterling Drug.

As a leader in the industry, he was elected chairman of the Consumer Health Products Association, served as interim president of the association, and was elected president of the Council on Family Health, the industry’s Washington D.C.- based educational organization.

Hedwig Anderson, 104

Hedwig Mildred Anderson of Westport, wife of the late Arnold Anderson of Bristol, died May 7 in Norwalk. She was 104.

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Hedy Anderson: elementary school teacher. Contributed photo

Born in Collinsville, Connecticut on Sept. 30, 1913, she was the daughter of Victor and Stephanie Klimovitch.

Hedy was a member of the first graduating class of Central Connecticut State University, taught English in elementary schools in Bristol, and was an active and faithful member of St. Stanislaus Church in Bristol and Assumption Parish in Westport.

She was an independent woman before it was popular, president of her college graduating class, president of her debate team and recently president of the Resident Council at Notre Dame.

Albert Meredith, 89

Albert “Junior” Meredith of Westport died May 3 at home. He was 89.

He was born Jan. 11, 1929 in Olathe, Kansas to his late parents Gertrude and Albert Meredith.

Albert had a long and successful career at AM International, rising to the top of the company after 34 years of dedicated service. He went on as owner of Printing World in Black Rock for another 20 years, retiring from professional service in 2005.

He was a member of Black Rock Congregational Church for over 47 years. He enjoyed spending time with his family and will forever be remembered for his beloved storytelling around the family dinner table, his smiling, kind eyes, and his wise words of wisdom.

Martha Allen, 87

Martha Paula Allen, a longtime Westporter, died April 28 at Norwalk Hospital. She was 87.

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Martha Allen: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

A native of Vienna, Austria, she moved to New York City in the late 1950s. She subsequently became a Westport resident in 1962 after marrying Joseph W. Allen.

She enjoyed many hours on the Compo tennis courts and was a passionate tennis fan.

She was a “networker” about town before networking was a thing. She pursued a career in real estate and worked as an agent for William Pitt in Westport until late in her life.

Audrey Thomson, 92

Audrey Garey Thomson, a former Westport resident, died April 24 at her home in Madison. She was 92.

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Audrey Thomson: wrote for The Town Crier. Contributed photo

She was born in Philadelphia in 1925. She began her career as a lyric soprano who first sang professionally at the age of 15. She graduated from the University of Delaware in 1945 and moved to New York to pursue a musical career.

She performed as a concert artist at venues ranging from the Riverside Church in Harlem to the Roxy Theater to the Queen of Bermuda cruise ship.

She married Fred Thomson, an advertising copywriter, in 1952 and moved to Westport, where she had two daughters, Deb and Pam. There she was a features editor and reporter for the now defunct Westport Town Crier. 

Richard Leonard, Former Staples Teacher, 88

Richard Leonard of Darien, a longtime Westporter, Staples High School teacher, and 20-year head of the teachers union, died today. He was 88.

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Dick Leonard: retired Staples teacher. File photo

He and his wife Paula moved to assisted living in Darien in 2015 after they said they could not find similar housing in Westport.

Leonard, moved with his parents to Westport in 1946. He was just 15 but commuted daily on the 6:30 a.m. train to New York, so he could finish up at St. John’s Prep in Astoria, Queens. Paula Leonard moved with her parents to Westport in 1952, graduating from Staples High School that year.

It wasn’t long before the two met and began dating.

Nydia Bruni, 78

Nydia Marie Bruni, a long time Norwalk resident, died April 27. She was 78.

She was born March 2, 1940 in Westport. She was a principal ballerina at a Westport ballet company and received an offer to dance with George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet.

She married the love of her life, George Bruni, in 1961, established their life in Norwalk, raised three sons and were married for 54 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband George and is survived by her three sons, Gary (Annette), Brian (Mary) and David, two grandchildren Adrianna and Nico, a great-granddaughter Brianna and several close cousins.

Carole Rosenberg, 78

Carole Rosenberg of Westport died April 15. She was 78.

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Carole Rosenberg: longtime Westporter. Contributed photo

Carole was a wonderful woman who was loved, is missed, and will always be cherished. She was an amazing wife, mom, daughter, and grandmother.

Carole’s story started on Sept 4, 1939, as the oldest child to Abraham and Rose Glushakoff. Carole was born in the Bronx, NY, where she met the love of her life, Alan Rosenberg.

They met a dance when she was 15 and he was 17. They got married when Carole was 19 and enjoyed 58 happy years together.

Joanna Nicholson, 80

Joanna Martin Holloway Nicholson of Saratoga Springs, New York, a former Westport resident, died April 27. She was 80.

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Joanna Nicholson: former Westporter. Contributed photo

She was born May 27, 1937 in Durham, North Carolina, the daughter of the late Joseph (“Judge”) Clark Holloway, a doctor, from North Carolina, and Jewell Martin, from Kentucky.

Growing up in Durham, she was a championship tennis player, duckpin bowler, and plug caster. She attended Duke University, receiving her undergraduate degree in sociology and her M.A. in teaching English, after which she moved to the northeast to begin her long and distinguished career in education.

After teaching high school English and reading for 10 years, she taught college and graduate-level classes for almost 20 years.

Pamela Kuczo, 63

Pamela Joyce Kuczo of Fairfield died April 30 after a long battle with brain cancer. She was 63.

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Pamela Kuczo: worked at Wake, See, Dimes and Bryniczka. Contributed photo

She was the oldest of four children born to Joseph (deceased) and Dolores Former Kuczo.

She graduated from Simmons College in Boston, where she became an avid lifelong Red Sox fan. She attended law school at the University of Toledo and majored in political science at Long Island University.

She interned at the State of Connecticut Attorney General’s Office, where she co-authored a brochure on citizens’ rights and became a mediator for consumer complaints.