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Latin Magazine Winter 2019

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It was suggested that the town government be contacted. Sutter started with the town clerk, who had never heard of a school commissioning a gravestone for someone so long deceased (Latin, always innovating!), so she forwarded the call to the selectman's secretary. She, in turn, was equally puzzled by the prospect, remarking, "Well this is a new one!" A call was put through to the selectman himself. After an intricate game of telephone and phone tag (and learning a great deal about Stoneham's local government), Sutter contacted Tamburrini who mercifully interceded, and the marker was approved just in the nick of time, for the cemetery was laying foundations for new markers the very next week. Mabel's final resting site and the new marker. Sutter and Chu flew to Boston for a regional-alumni gathering on October 11, the very day Miss Vickery's new marker was laid in the ground. After joining with fellow Romans at the alumni event, faculty alumna Ruth Hutton decided to venture to the Lindenwood Cemetery with Sutter and Chu the next morning. The trio's first stop was the Public Works Building to meet and thank Tamburrini in person and learn more about Miss Vickery's gravesite. Tamburrini was able to provide a copy of the original deed of sale from 1906, which indicated that Miss Vickery bought six plots, paying a total of $200. What Sutter had never seen before, however, was the back of the deed, which contained handwritten notes from 1944 regarding Miss Vickery's family and proved that Miss Vickery did indeed have no living heirs. Tamburrini noted she was inspired by our efforts to honor our founder and has since learned more about Miss Vickery and Latin School by reading our 125th anniversary issue of Latin Magazine. Under the slate-grey New England sky, Chu, Hutton and Sutter strolled the winding paths of the Lindenwood Cemetery to the top of small hill and quietly laid flowers on Miss Vickery's new stone. Now all who pass by Lot 570A, Grave 4, on Larch Ave. will know a little bit more about a woman who was ahead of her time, and to whom we all owe a debt of gratitude. She was one of the first educators to practice the Quincy Method of experiential-based, hands-on learning, which was a radical notion at the time, and is still a method used today." — Teresa Sutter, assistant director of alumni relations and archivist 53

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