Lois Tegarden, 85
Tegarden, 85, died Sunday, April 18, at the University Medical Center of Princeton.
She was born April 25, 1924, in Providence, R.I., and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Brown University in 1946. After college, she worked as a laboratory technician in the Public Health Dept. of Cambridge, Mass., where she played second violin in the MIT Symphony Orchestra.
In 1949, Lois married her Brown classmate, William Hollis Tegarden, who had recently graduated from Harvard Divinity School. She joined him as he began his ministry at the Unitarian Church of Marblehead, Mass.; in 1955, they moved to Portland, Me., when Mr. Tegarden was called to the pulpit of the First Unitarian Church of Portland.
The Tegardens moved with their three children to Princeton in 1958, when Lois’s husband left the ministry to pursue a new career in market research. Lois soon launched a successful career in local real estate and joining the Pretty Brook Tennis Club, where she pursued her lifelong passion for tennis and formed many friendships that would last her entire lifetime.
Most of her years in real estate were spent as an associate broker at John T. Henderson, where she specialized in residential properties. She was a sustaining member of the Junior League of N.J., a member of the Princeton University Parents Association, and a member of the Trinity Church Choir.
An accomplished and spirited sportswoman, Lois learned to sail by crewing for her father at the Edgewood Yacht Club in Cranston, R.I., and, throughout her life, she maintained close ties with her family roots in Rhode Island. She summered every year in Jamestown, where she and her family were members of Conanicut Yacht Club.
Lois was also devoted to championing the cause of the mentally ill. Taking courage from her personal experiences with family illness, she became an active organizer for the Mercer County Association for the Mentally Handicapped, where she was able to use her real estate skills to find residences for patients discharged from Trenton Psychiatric Hospital.
Lois’s husband of 54 years, “Holly” Tegarden, passed away in 2003; she is survived by her three children, Deborah Armington Tegarden Bass and William Hollis Tegarden, Jr. of Princeton, N.J., and Pamela Adams Tegarden Allen of Jamestown, and by Pamela’s three children, Cameron Dale Allen, Virginia Armington Allen and Victoria Milliken Allen.
A compassionate and steadfast friend, a strong and inspiring mother, a fierce but honorable competitor in every aspect of her life, Lois will be deeply missed by all whose lives she touched and whose hearts she helped to heal.
A memorial service will be held tomorrow, Friday, April 30, at 1 p.m. at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer St., Princeton, N.J. A formal funeral will be scheduled next month at Swan Point in East Providence, R.I.
To all who would send flowers, her family asks that contributions instead be made to N.A.M.I. New Jersey, 1562 Route 130, North Brunswick, NJ 08902.