In Memoriam: Cecelia B. Fuglister


The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death January 14, 2005, of Cecelia B. Fuglister of Falmouth at Harborside Healthcare in Falmouth. She was 98.

Cecelia Bowerman Fuglister was born June 16, 1906 in West Falmouth, a tenth generation descendent of Falmouth settler Quaker Thomas Bowerman, the builder of the Bowerman House or Saconesset Homestead in West Falmouth. Her parents established Bowerman's Beach Club on Chapoquoit Beach in West Falmouth.

She attended Falmouth schools and was graduated from Lawrence High School in 1924. She earned a B.A. degree in mathematics and biology from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, in 1928, returning to Falmouth to work at Falmouth Memorial Library. She left in 1932 to earn a master's degree in library science from Columbia University, returning a year later to become librarian, a position she held until 1941. She married WHOI physical oceanographer Frederick C. "Fritz" Fuglister, who died in 1987, in 1939.

After raising her children in Woods Hole, Cecelia Fuglister joined the Institution staff in 1961 to help establish a document library. She served as document librarian until she retired in 1977. A violinist, she and her husband hosted chamber music evenings at their home and were involved with the Cape Cod Symphony and other musical organizations on Cape Cod. She was a treasurer of the Lawrence High School Scholarship Association and of the Falmouth Garden Club. A lifelong member of the West Falmouth Friends Meeting, she was a longtime volunteer and served as treasurer, retiring in 1981.

Survivors include two sons, Frederick J. Fuglister of Cleveland, OH, and Charles Kurt Fuglister of Woods Hole, MA; a daughter, Elizabeth Stewart of San Diego, CA; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial gathering will be held April 30, 2005 at 2 p.m. at the West Falmouth Friends Meeting House on Route 28A in West Falmouth, MA. Memorial donations may be made to the West Falmouth Society of Friends, 572 Main Street, West Falmouth, MA 02574 or to The 300 Committee, 157 Locust Street, Falmouth, MA 02540.


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