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Thelma W. Lohr, 95, was private secretary to publisher
Oct. 19, 1912 -- Oct. 25, 2007

Thelma W. Lohr of Youngstown, former private secretary to George A. Plimpton Sr., a Manhattan publisher and father of the famous writer and actor of the same name, died Oct. 25 in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, after a brief illness. She was 95.

Born Thelma Wiser in the Bronx, she graduated from Malverne High School and Brown's Business School in New York City and began her career as private secretary to Plimpton, who was president of Ginn & Co. Publishing.

Mrs. Lohr moved to Buffalo in 1947 with her husband and son and became very active in numerous church, school and Scouting activities. The family lived in Williamsville for many years and moved to Youngstown 15 years ago.

She was a driving force behind the American Field Service student exchange program, often serving as host to students from overseas.

Outside of her community work, Mrs. Lohr was a prolific songwriter and poet. She also became a nationally known authority on antique and modern glass paperweights.

"She had a large collection and a very rare one," recalled Marge Stratton, president of the Town of Porter Historical Society. "She was a delightful person."

She was the widow of Theodore R. Lohr.

Survivors include her son, Richard T. Lohr.

A private service will be scheduled.


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