By Addie Hurst
Eileen was born and brought up in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. She graduated from Skidmore College with a B.A. and was married soon after. Her husband was a mechanical engineer, a graduate of M.I.T. They lived in West Hartford, CT, for the next twenty-five years and had two children, a boy and a girl. Their favorite recreation was sailing on their Hinckley Bermuda 40 on which they cruised extensively, with Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket being two of their favorite destinations. They also enjoyed summers at their cottage in Chatham (Cape Cod), MA.
But Eileen was not a ‘stay at home’ Mom. During her working career, she held a variety of editorial posts. She started at American Magazine, then went to the Saturday Evening Post, and then became the Assistant Fiction Editor of McCall’s magazine. For the last fifteen years before retiring, she managed a department at Aetna Life Insurance’s home office with responsibility for producing a monthly magazine, newspaper, and other sales promotional materials for Aetna’s field offices.
At this point, they moved to Bird Key. But Eileen was not really retired – not yet! Among other activities during the intervening years, she managed to occupy herself by editing the newsletter for the Sarasota Opera Guild and producing a tour program for the Fine Arts Society. She also spent many years on the board of the Ringling School Library Association, primarily as newsletter editor.
Sadly, Eileen’s husband died six years ago and her daughter Nancy died last year of non-Hodgkins lymphoma cancer. Her son, Steven, is retired and lives in Oceanside, CA.
She is especially proud of a grandson who recently became an Eagle Scout. For company, she enjoys Princess, a tuxedo cat, black and white, who has been having trouble adjusting to Plymouth Harbor.
Eileen enjoys reading and theater. She is looking forward to getting involved with Scrabble, bridge and water aerobics. You won’t be surprised to learn that she is interested in volunteering in our library, where she hopes to encourage the purchase of more books by Anthony Trollope, her favorite author.