Louisa Emmet

Obituary of Louisa Emmet

Louisa Alexander Emmet, Age 90, of Skillman, NJ, died Thursday, May 12, 2011 Born April 27, 1921, in Philadelphia, PA, Louisa was the daughter of Julian Alexander and Virginia Hill Alexander. A graduate of the Agnes Irwin School, where she played varsity field hockey and lacrosse, and of Bryn Mawr College, Louisa was the widow of the late Robert T. Emmet, and partner of the late John Volker. After graduating from Bryn Mawr in 1942, Louisa joined the war effort as a research chemist at Houdry Processing Corp. in Marcus Hook, PA. In 1948, Louisa joined Drexel University and helped to develop Drexel's "Evening College" into a modern university evening program. Her contribution to higher education continued as the Assistant to the President of Bryn Mawr College, Katharine McBride. Louisa married Robert Emmet in 1952 and lived primarily in Tenafly, NJ as a wife and mother of two boys, and of two grown stepsons. For 23 years, she was active in Tenafly school and community affairs, and at the Presbyterian Church at Tenafly where she was a leader in Christian Education and in the choir. After Bob Emmet's death in 1986, Louisa met John Volker, her friend and partner for fifteen years. Together they resided in Lakehurst, NJ, and Riviera Beach, FL. More recently, Louisa has been a resident of Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman, NJ. Louisa is survived by her sons James A. Emmet and Richard H. Emmet; brother Julian Alexander; stepsons Robert T. Emmet and Christopher T. Emmet; and daughters-in-law Maria P. Emmet, Laura Kogan, Karol Emmet, Penny Emmet, Anne Emmet, and Edna Kurtz Emmet. She was pre-deceased by her daughter, Deborah Emmet, and daughter-in-law Dinah Emmet. She is also survived by thirteen grandchildren: Christopher Emmet, Peter Emmet, Thomas Emmet, Bronwyn David, Gwendolyn Lockhart, Danielle Emmet, Alexander Emmet, Rachael Emmet, Andrew Emmet, Robert Emmet, Margaret Emmet, Grace Emmet, and Sophia Emmet; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on May 24, 2011 at the Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ followed by an interment at 4:00 pm at the West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd, PA.
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