Lorraine Korson – Shelburne

Lorraine Korson (nee Bagdon), 88, died Jan. 11, 2014, in the company of family in Shelburne at the Wake Robin Senior Living Community. Lorraine and her late husband, Dr. Roy Korson (d. Aug. 24, 2013), lived for almost all of their married life as active and respected members of the Burlington community. Lorraine was born Nov. 14, 1925, in Philadelphia, Pa., to Leonard and Lillian Marx Bagdon, and grew up there. She received her B.A. in 1945, and her M.S. in Zoology in 1948, both from the University of Pennsylvania. She and Roy met at Penn, and married in September 1946. Starting in the early 1950’s, Lorraine was a researcher at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, in the Departments of Biochemistry and Pathology. She authored or co-authored a number of papers on aspects of cellular metabolism. Also at UVM, she was a long serving member of the Fletcher Allen Health Care Auxiliary, including volunteering from 1993 to 2008 in the gift shop, where she was remembered as particularly helpful to customers. A member of the congregation at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in Burlington for over 60 years, Lorraine was active in the Sisterhood and served in many volunteer capacities including synagogue librarian. She also devoted a great deal of time and energy to Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, serving several terms as president of the Burlington chapter. She was in charge of the chapter’s Journal for many years, and worked tirelessly on the group’s annual lawn party fundraiser at Burlington’s Battery Park. Lorraine greatly enjoyed classical music and theater, devotedly attending the Lane Series concerts and plays at St. Michael’s Playhouse with her husband. She was also an avid reader and had a marvelous sense of humor. Lorraine is survived by her half-sister, Susan Bagdon of Philadelphia; cousins, nieces and nephews who will miss her very much.

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