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Obituary: Leslie Brotherhood Dickinson

Published in The Wellesley Townsman, July 3, 2015

Leslie Brotherhood Dickinson, died on June 30, 2015 at her home in Weston, Massachusetts after a long and valiant battle with ALS.

Born on October 25, 1945, in Caracas, Venezuela, Leslie moved to the United States as a young girl and attended Seely Place Elementary School and Edgemont High School in Greenburg, New York. Leslie graduated from Wellesley College, where she majored in Spanish and made lifelong friends. After receiving her Masters in Library Science from Columbia University, Leslie was a librarian for forty years for the Yonkers Public Library Will and Riverfront branches.

Music played a central role in Leslies life. She played the oboe and recorder and sang alto in the choirs of Wellesley College, the Church of St. James the Less in Scarsdale, NY, St. Bartholomews Church in White Plains, Christ Church in Rye, NY, and St. Andrews in Wellesley, MA. Leslie was a founding member of the New Choral Society of Westchester. While singing in the choir at St. James, Leslie met Charles R. Dickinson, a Madison Avenue advertising executive and widowed father of four daughters. Leslie and Chuck married in 1972, and enjoyed 26 happy and musical years together before his death in 1998.

Leslie was the steady center of a household full of creative, opinionated, and adventurous individuals. She is survived by her daughter Karen Dickinson Pekowitz (William), her stepdaughters Elizabeth Dickinson (Brent Hartley), Sarah Dickinson (Gordon Thomas), Virginia Dickinson (Keith Wolsiefer), Amanda Dickinson (Richard Limber), her grandchildren Eleanor, Charles, Julia and Alexandra, and her brother John Brotherhood (Karen). She was predeceased by her parents G. Roy and Dorothy Jean Brotherhood, and by her sister Karen Sue Brotherhood.

Donations in Leslies memory may be made to Compassionate Care ALS in Falmouth, MA. Memorial services in MA and NY are planned for September.