Eleanor Grace Otis died peacefully while sleeping on September 9, 2017 at Foulkeways Senior Living Community, Gwynedd, Pennsylvania. She was born on August 25, 1920 to Duncan Fuller Dupree and Eleanor Frances Dupree. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Radcliffe College in 1942 as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. During World War II she worked at Harvard Radio Research Laboratory on the development of chaff as a radar counter measure. At the Laboratory she met and married Charles Foster Otis. Charles and Eleanor were married for 43 years until his death in 1986.
After World War II, she worked to resettle European refugees finding them jobs and homes in the Philadelphia area. She served on the Vestries and Altar Guild of St. Peter’s Church, Glenside, Pennsylvania and Trinity Church, Stamford, Connecticut. In Stamford she volunteered at Smith House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She volunteered with the Red Cross and regularly donated blood because of her rare blood type. At Foulkeways, she engaged in numerous activities in support of the community, including the in-house “Bulletin.”
She was preceded in death by parents, sister, Emily Esther Dupree, and brothers, George Winthrop Dupree and Duncan C. Dupree. She is survived by her daughters and sons in law: Shirley and Antonio Panizza of Reston, VA; Jean Louise and Daniel Herbert Freeman of Galveston, TX; and Nancy and Mark Doyle of Chattanooga, TN. Eleanor has three grandchildren: Michael Panizza of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Jennifer Panizza of Reston; and Elizabeth Grace Freeman married to Michael Keltz of Galveston.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Eleanor Otis Biostatistics Student Award or Charles F. Otis Clinical Sciences Student Award care of Kevin Haslam,UTMB Alumni Relations & Annual Giving, 301 University Bld. Galveston, TX 77555-0147.