Martha Elizabeth Lord ’79 died on December 4, 2004, in North Salem, New York.
Born on April 10, 1957, in Greenwich, CT, she prepared for college at Rosemary Hall School in Wallingford, CT. Following her graduation from Bowdoin cum laude in 1979, she joined VISTA, a program within AmeriCorps that focused on helping people out of poverty. For some years she worked as a fundraiser for the Center for Law and Values in New York, soliciting funds, doing financial planning, and overseeing administrative operations. She worked as a community educator and as a counselor for rape victims and battered women in New York for a number of years. She earned a master’s degree in psychology and was a trained psychotherapist. From 1994 to 2002 she was the associate director of programs for My Sister’s Place, a domestic violence services and advocacy organization in White Plains, NY. She resigned in 2002 after being diagnosed with breast cancer, but she continued to work for various organizations and to train other counselors. In 2004, the Westchester Division of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers honored her as Public Citizen of the Year. Surviving are two daughters, Emily Barrett and Christina Barrett; her parents, Herbert M. Lord ’39 and Martha Urquhart Lord of Greenwich, CT; and two brothers, John U. Lord ’76 of Rockland and Kenneth W. Lord ’88 of Greenwich, CT.