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Laurie Appell ’70

April 16, 2020, in Hartford, Connecticut, from COVID-19.

Born in Queens, New York, Laurie attended both Reed and Hunter College, but earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from New York University. For some time, Laurie had been a resident of Laurel House in Stamford, Connecticut, a housing and care facility for people with mental illness. While there, Laurie worked tirelessly as a mental health advocate, receiving a Governor’s Victory Award for her work in mental health advocacy. She was a gifted poet, but will be remembered for her kind heart, gentle soul, and determination that all people should be treated with respect and dignity. She is survived by her sisters, Randy Johnson and Jodie Appell, and her brothers, Glenn Appell and Jonathan Appell.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2021

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