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Maura Perkins

Maura Lawton Perkins, 57, died of ovarian cancer on January 8, 2015. First diagnosed in 2008, Maura was very grateful for all the medical care she received from the team at Dana Farber, especially Dr. Ursula Matulonis, and Dr. Christopher Awtrey at Beth Israel. She was an early participant in a drug trial for Olaparib, a PARP inhibitor. This is a targeted therapy that was recently approved by the FDA and will be used to treat women with the BRCA1 gene. As a proponent of research, Maura established a fund and spoke on behalf of the Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers. Born in 1957 in Middletown, CT to Richard and Marguerite Lawton, Maura Ann Lawton grew up in Wethersfield, CT. She graduated from William Smith College in 1979 with a degree in Economics, Babson in 1986 with an MBA in Finance, and earned her Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1991. Before retiring from State Street upon the birth of her daughter in 1997, Maura worked as a Vice President in Investor Relations. Prior to that she worked as an accountant and a buy-side securities analyst for many years covering the Bio-tech and Health Care industry. It was a career she loved. She was married to William Perkins in 1991 after meeting at a Boston Security Analyst event. They have two children, Emily (born in 1997) and Nathaniel (born in 1999). Maura and Bill lived for 18 years in Newburyport, during which time, Maura was Treasurer and President of the Women's Crisis Center, a member of the Newburyport Retirement Board, and a Treasurer and Trustee of the First Religious Society. In 2006 they moved to Concord, MA. She served on the Finance Committee for the Town of Concord and was on the Board of Directors of Concord-Carlisle Community Chest. She was a member of the Garden Club of Concord and First Parish Church until recently joining Trinitarian Congregational Church. Maura spent summers in Nonquitt, a community on Buzzard's Bay. Together as a family they enjoyed skiing, boating, hiking, and traveling. Despite her health challenges, Maura was an enthusiastic participant in all of these activities and more. She loved the outdoors, gardening, swimming, and walking with her constant companion, her dog Beau. Maura could pack more in an hour than most people did in a day. Aside from her husband, children and parents, Maura leaves behind three sisters and their husbands: Susan and William Fulton of Wellesley, MA Patricia and Morgan Barnes of Storrs, CT Cynthia Lawton-Abery and Brian Abery of Inver Grove Heights, MN and many nieces and nephews. She loved flowers, but gifts can also be made in Maura's name to: Dana Farber Cancer Institute c/o Dr Ursula Matulonis 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor Brookline, MA 02445 www.Dana-Farber.org, or call 617-632-2903 A service will be held at the Trinitarian Congregational Church in Concord, MA on Saturday, January 24th, at 11:00 am. Maura loved life and was disappointed that it was cut short by disease. Her wish is that through research, early detection and diagnosis, ovarian cancer can be treated effectively. Arrangements are under the care of Charles W. Dee and Susan M. Dee, Dee Funeral Home of Concord. For online guest book please visit www.deefuneralhome.com

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