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Elisabeth Endicott Weil

Elisabeth Endicott Weil died peacefully at her home in Boston on Monday morning May 11, 2009 at the age of 64, after a lengthy illness.  She had lived in Boston for the past forty years and in her late mother Vivian Endicott’s house in Ipswich since 2007.

Elisabeth Endicott Weil was born on October 7, 1944 in Putnam, Connecticut.  The daughter of George and Vivian (Wood) Endicott, she was the second of two children.  She grew up in the Rufus Putnam House in Rutland, Massachusetts, a historic house from which General Rufus Putnam set forth to Ohio with a group of pioneers.  Elisabeth graduated in 1962 from Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.  She attended Wellesley College for three years and the graduated in economics from George Washington University while her husband Henry Birdseye Weil was on active duty in the US Navy.

 Returning to Boston in 1969 Elisabeth raised a family of two children, Rebecca and John, while pursuing a successful business career in partnership with her husband.  She held a number of senior positions in firms led by her husband, most recently as a Director of Weil & Company, an international management consulting firm specializing in corporate strategy for technology-intensive industries.  Her work involved regular travel to London, Paris, Hong Kong, and Sydney.  Elisabeth co-authored the influential publication “The Road from Dependency to Empowerment” which describes how effective information management drives the value of customer relationships.

Elisabeth was passionate about early childhood development and education.  The twinkle in her eyes when she read to a four-year old, built castles out of blocks, or drove little trains over wooden tracks was infectious.  She served for more than twenty years as volunteer Treasurer and member of the Board of the John Winthrop Nursery School in Boston where she very active and made her mark.  Her children attended John Winthrop, as does the eldest of her grandchildren.

Following in the tradition of her family which was deeply involved in trade between New England and China Elisabeth served on the Asian Export Art Visiting Committee and the Board of Visitors of the Peabody Essex Museum.  She also was a shareholder in the Salem Athenaeum and a member of the Danvers Historical Society whose property, Glen Magna, was the home of her cousin William Crowninshield Endicott.

 Elisabeth and family had their summer holidays in Scotland for many years where she became an avid salmon fisher.  Each year she presided over a house party of prominent Scottish and English personalities including the Chairman of a private bank, a very senior courtier, and a former private secretary to the Viceroy of India.  She held her own on the river, not catching the most fish, but often the largest.  A slightly indiscreet guest ascribed here success to pheromones.  Her grit and determination were evident on a rainy night when she got a big salmon on the line.  Just as she was about to lift the exhausted fish from the water the fly pulled out.  Without hesitation she threw herself on the fish.  Her husband grabbed Elisabeth’s belt and hauled her and a twelve pound salmon safely onto the bank.

 She is survived by her husband Henry Birdseye Weil of Ipswich and Boston, her daughter and son, Rebecca Weil of Zurich, Switzerland and John Weil of Boston, two grandchildren, Jack Weil and Maximilian Weil, and a sister, Vivian Endicott Barnett of New York.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Angell Animal Medical Center, to the attention of Douglas Brum DVM, 300 S. Huntington Ave, Jamaica Plain, MA.  A memorial service will be held in Boston at a later date.

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