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Elizabeth McLoughlin

December 6, 1940 ~ January 21, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old

Elizabeth McLoughlin Obituary

ELIZABETH MCLOUGHLIN

We mourn the death of Elizabeth McLoughlin (Dec. 6, 1940 – Jan. 21, 2024), who lived a life marked by joy in friendship and public service. Liz’s spirit of adventure and exploration took her to all the continents of the earth. She was also attracted to explore the inner life and she created deep connections with her many friends and family.

Liz was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY to Maurice Edmund and Lucille Fusz (O’Malley) McLoughlin, second in a close-knit family of five siblings. She spent summers in Cohasset, MA, where she learned to love the ocean and sailing. She attended high school at the Convent of the Sacred Heart (91st Street) in New York and graduated from Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart in 1962. Liz’s younger sister Martha’s tragic death in a car accident while Liz was in college had a deep impact, ultimately inspiring a career dedicated to injury prevention and public health.

Liz joined the Society of the Sacred Heart after college and taught, including at Harlem Prep, together with one of her closest friends, Voncile White, as well as at 91st Street. Liz left the order after ten years but continued her life-long friendship with a close group of fellow former nuns.  

Liz moved to Boston in 1973, working in public outreach and education at the Shriners Burns Institute. Her dedication to injury prevention then took her to Johns Hopkins, where she earned a doctorate in public health. While in Baltimore, she met public health expert Thomas Livingston Hall, and began a life of love and adventure.

Tom invited Liz to sail across the Pacific Ocean in a 38-foot sailboat, to the general horror (and a little bit of envy) of her family and friends. They made their home in New Zealand for two years, while Liz worked on fire safety standards for children’s pajamas. They moved to San Francisco in 1986, where they found their true home with a community of active and adventurous friends. Liz worked on motorcycle helmet laws, fire-safe cigarettes, trunk release mechanisms for cars, and other public safety initiatives at the Trauma Foundation under Andrew McGuire, while Tom lectured at the University of California San Francisco and collaborated with the World Health Organization on public health in developing countries. They married in 1990.

Liz and Tom enjoyed bicycling (a highlight was an epic bike trip across the United States with niece Catharine and nephew Rob Hornby), boating, flying, and other excursions, which Liz chronicled with her skilled photography and evocative cross-stitch pieces. She was an active member of St. John of God Church. In retirement, Liz’s creativity flourished. With her community, she worked with the San Francisco Parks Department to tile the Hidden Garden Steps by her house, and its butterflies, lizards, and flowers will long serve to enliven the neighborhood.

Liz moved to Cambridge, MA in 2019, following Tom’s death and facing declining health. Supported by family, she met her condition with courage and the same upbeat personality that she had applied to the rest of her life, and made her final friend-for-life in her aide, Juliet Mirembe Millicent.

She leaves behind her sister Lucille Hornby (Bob) and brothers Maury (Elizabeth) and Paul (Jodi), Tom’s children Eric (Elf), Rachel Ames (Andy) and Tefel (Michi), eight nieces and nephews, multiple great-nieces and nephews, and many, many extended family and friends.  

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 10, at St Anthony of Padua Catholic church in Cohasset, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Liz’s memory may be made to the Society of the Sacred Heart General Elder Care [https://rscj.org/donate] or Bikes Not Bombs [https://bikesnotbombs.org].

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Services

Funeral Mass
Saturday
February 10, 2024

11:00 AM
St. Anthony
10 Summer St.
Cohasset, Massachusetts 02025

Donations

Society of the Sacred Heart General Elder Care
Web: https://rscj.org/donate

Bikes Not Bombs
Web: https://bikesnotbombs.org/donate

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