Beatrice Barron, 95, Newton activist and global traveler
A community activist in Newton, where she volunteered for everything from arts groups to a fair housing organization, Beatrice Barron also traveled on her own far from home. When her dentist husband could not take time from work, she flew to London herself, an unusual move for a woman in her 40s in 1959. “If you have a desire to try it . . . why not?” she later wrote in The Newton Times, encouraging other women to follow her lead.