With profound sadness and love in our hearts, we announce the passing of Nancy Thorpe Sellar, our adoredand devoted mother and friend to all whose lives she touched, on May 9, 2019.
Nancy left us peacefully at her home in Silver Spring, Maryland, with family by her side. She was 82 years old.
Born in Boston to Margaret and Richard Thorpe, Nancy grew up in Lincoln, Massachusetts and spent many summers in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Her long marriage to Peter Sellar ended in divorce.
After receiving her BA in English from Harvard in 1958, Nancy taught at the world-renowned Perkins School for the Blind. She then worked for Ted Kennedy’s first senatorial campaign, an experience that inspired her to move to Washington, D.C., and devote her time and career to volunteerism and community service. Nancy spent several years working for AmeriCorps VISTA and volunteering as a financial caretaker for schizophrenic women. In the last phase of her career, Nancy spent over a decade as a manager for a low-income bill payee/volunteer program through AARP.
Nancy is survived by her brother, Rick Thorpe; two children, Katherine Sellar and ColinSellar; daughter-in-law, Patty First; four grandchildren, and an extensive network of friends spanning her entire life.
A memorial and light lunch will be held on Saturday, June 22 at 11 a.m. at Riderwood Chapel, 3140 Gracefield Road,Silver Spring, MD 20904.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Boothbay Region Land Trust, P.O. Box 183, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538.