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Community - April 16, 2014

Obituary: Lee Lewis Harwood

A celebration of the multi-faceted life of Lee Lewis Harwood is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at The Sequoias retirement community at 501 Portola Road in Portola Valley. After 26 years as a Sequoias resident, Ms. Harwood died March 2 at The Sequoias with members of her family by her side. She was 96.

Lee Lewis was a native of Evanston, Illinois, and graduated from Stanford University in 1938 as a member of Cap and Gown, a women's honorary society, according to an account of her life by relatives. In 1938, she married Wilson Franklin Harwood, a man she met at Stanford and to whom she was married for 69 years.

As a consultant, Mr. Harwood traveled internationally and the couple set up house in 25 different locations over 50 years. They lived for a time in Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Iran, Peru, England, Kuwait, Egypt and both coasts of the United States.

Ms. Harwood found many and diverse ways to occupy herself during their travels. While in Kuwait, she was secretary to the Turkish ambassador. While in the Philippines, she founded a band at the American School in Manila. In Tehran, she helped establish an orphanage, and in Peru, she helped establish a mobile health clinic in a railroad car for the wives of railroad workers.

When she and her husband settled in Portola Valley in 1965, Ms. Harwood continued her active life. She joined the League of Women Voters, played in the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra, based in Palo Alto, and was president of the Community Committee for International Students at Stanford and "adopted" foreign students each year.

As editor of The Sequoian newsletter in the late 1980s, Ms. Harwood led the transition to desktop publishing of the newsletter.

Ms. Harwood is survived by children Margaret "Peg" Harwood Milledge of Palo Alto, Sara Harwood Arnold of Lexington, Massachusetts, and Lewis Harwood of Bethesda, Maryland; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

The family is asking that donations in Ms. Harwood's name be made to KQED, the League of Women Voters, or the Tomorrow Fund at The Sequoias.

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