2005-08-04 / Obituaries

Sally Speare Lutyens, 77

Sally Speare Lutyens, 77, compos-er, writer, artist, teacher and creative spirit died peacefully on July 22, 2005 at her home in Falmouth, Maine, after a two month battle with cancer.

Born Oct. 31, 1927 in Syracuse, N.Y., to George Carlton Brown and Frances Wilcox, she graduated from the Cambridge School of Weston, Weston, Mass., and attended Ben-nington College and the University of Southern California, where she pur-sued her music career.

She studied piano for many years with concert pianist Claude Frank, and in the early ‘50s worked in the fashion industry in New York City, and was editor of Charm magazine. In 1953 she married her Thomas Bishop Speare, who was tragically killed three years later. She was subsequently married to David Mansfield Lutyens until 1963.

She raised four children, two from each marriage, as a single mother in Weston, Mass., where she was also a piano teacher, entrepreneur and head of the music department at the Cambridge School of Weston. In 1974, she moved to Southwest Harbor, Maine, where she renovated a big, old house, and taught music. Ahighly regarded composer, her compositions were performed most notably by Chorus Pro Musica in Boston and the Newport Opera Festival. Recently she was inspired to write an oratorio based on the book “First Light: Acadia National Park and Maine’s Mount Desert Island,” which will be performed in Bar Harbor Aug. 27-28.

Mrs. Lutyens is survived by her four children, Thomas Speare and his wife Reinette of Newport, R.I., Sarah Speare and her husband Michael Brennan of Falmouth, Maine, Christopher Lutyens and his wife Julie of Jamestown, R.I., and Lesley Lutyens and her partner David Golden of Cambridge, Mass. She is also sur-vived by four grandchildren.

Gifts in Mrs. Lutyens’ memory and in support of the production of “First Light,” are welcome and may be directed to: Friends of Acadia, PO Box 45, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, or at www.friendsofacadia.org. A tribute to her life will be held on Aug. 27 at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Church in Southwest Harbor, Maine.

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