Elisabeth Anne Luick, of Belmont and East Dennis, MA, passed away on Friday, April
28 after a long illness.
Always known as Betsy, she was born in Cambridge, MA on September 25, 1943. She
was the daughter of the late Robert Burns Luick and Evelyn Pelletier Luick. She
graduated from Marycliff Academy in Winchester, MA and went on to earn a Bachelor
of Arts degree in English from Trinity College in Washington, DC. After graduating
from college, she went to Michigan State University for a master’s degree in English.
Betsy remained a lifelong fan of MSU Spartans football after her time spent in East
Betsy was a principal with the Boston based management consulting firm, Harbridge
House, Inc. For many years, she ran their Editorial and Creative Services Division. She
worked on client engagements centered on the development of management training,
consulting, and marketing materials relating to change management, leadership, and
strategic focus. Her office at Harbridge House was located on Arlington Street
overlooking the Boston Public Gardens and she often commented on how much she
loved working from such a delightful spot. She joined Coopers & Lybrand when the firm
acquired Harbridge House in 1993 where she became a director and senior writer/editor
in the Organization Effectiveness and Development group. Betsy continued to hold this
position after Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand merged in 1998 to create
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) until her retirement.
Above all, Betsy cherished her family. She leaves her three sisters, Susan Luick Good
and her husband Fred of Cambridge, Sarah H. Luick of Boston and Nancy Luick Bryan
and her husband Jim of Greensboro, NC. She was devoted to her nieces and nephew,
Caroline Good of Washington, DC, Jessica Good and her husband Brett Smith and their
children Sam, Max, and Catherine (Cat) of Belmont, Marjorie (Maggie) Bryan of
Brooklyn, NY and Robert Luick Bryan of Washington, DC. She also leaves a large
extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins. The family especially would like to thank
Betsy’s caregiver of the last few years, Agnes Acheampong, for her kindness.
Returning to the Boston area after finishing her graduate studies, she remained a resident
of Belmont for the rest of her life. She lived in the family home and remained friendly
over the years with the old neighbors she and her sisters had grown up with as well as
fond of the many new neighbors she met. Before her health began to fade, Betsy
delighted in hosting family gatherings at holidays and cooking delicious and festive
Betsy enjoyed many wonderful summers from the mid-1950’s on at the family’s home
overlooking Cape Cod Bay. She loved introducing her nieces and nephew to the special
places on the Cape she had enjoyed as a child. Betsy even created a fictitious character,
the Fairy Princess of Cape Cod, to entertain them when they were young.
A generous philanthropist, Betsy supported many caregiving organizations over the
years. She also showered family dogs with love and fun gifts. When her aunt passed
away, she took it upon herself to adopt her aunt’s beloved dog, Coco, a pretty long-haired
Chihuahua, who became her wonderful companion for many years.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, May 12 at 10:30 AM at St. Joseph’s
Church, 130 Common Street, Belmont, MA 02478. Relatives and friends are kindly
invited. Interment will follow at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge. In lieu of flowers,
the family requests that donations be made in Betsy’s memory to Massachusetts General
Hospital, the Evelyn and Robert Luick Endowment Fund, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540,
Boston, MA 02114.