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Virginia Quinn Rundell

d. January 10, 2024

Lincoln, Massachusetts

Lincoln, Massachusetts - With deep sadness, the family of Virginia Quinn Rundell announces her passing on Wednesday, January 10, of complications from cancer.

The arc of Virginia’s life and career was filled with renewal and re-invention centered around her love of the English language, clarity, precision and grace in written communication, and her commitment to collegiality and consideration of the people around her.

A 1973 graduate of Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, Virginia received her Bachelor of Arts in English, magna cum laude, from Salem State University in 1977, followed by her Master of Arts in English Literature from Tufts University in 1981. Following early work in development and recruiting with the New England Board of Higher Education and Tufts University, Virginia began a career pivot to architecture with studies at the Boston Architectural College. Melding that interest with her background in communications, she launched a career in professional services marketing, starting with several Boston-area architecture and engineering firms, where she met her future architect-husband, Rick Rundell.

This was followed by the start of her own business, advising design firms on the designer-selection processes for state agencies, and culminated with five years as Marketing Director for Goody Clancy, a prominent Boston-area architecture firm. During this time she was also an energetically contributing member of the Boston Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services, including service on the board. Virginia continued marketing and editorial consulting as she and Rick entered their child-rearing years, including over a decade as Associate Editor for ArchitectureBoston magazine, and doing myriad editorial projects for design-related organizations including Historic New England and the Urban Land Institute.

In 2012 Virginia moved with her family to the Town of Lincoln, Massachusetts, and rapidly took on volunteer roles supporting the community, chairing the Pierce House Property Committee and serving on the Advisory Board for Friends of Modern Architecture/Lincoln. She also returned at this time to a lifelong dream of becoming a librarian. While working at the Watertown Free Public Library then the Boston Athenæum, Virginia pursued graduate studies, including internships with the historical collections at Mount Auburn Cemetery and the Gottlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University. She received her Master of Library and Information Science from Kent State University in 2018. In 2021 she combined her passion for civic engagement with her passion for libraries and archives in a new role as the Town Archivist for Lincoln, where she continued to work actively at both Town Hall and Lincoln Library sites until just a few short months before her passing.

Virginia’s love of the written word was matched only by her love of singing. She was delighted with the launch of Revels Singers in 2012 and sang and volunteered with them for many years. She also sang with the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus over the last few years and joined two seasons of the Oxford Churchmusic summer choral experience.

A devoted wife, loving mother, wise counselor and tactful diplomat, Virginia leaves her loving husband, Richard (“Rick”) Rundell, daughter Elisabeth (“Ellie”) Rundell of Somerville, son Ford Rundell and his wife, Katie (Cook) Rundell of Lovell, Wyoming; sister Anne Quinn of Peabody, brother Michael Quinn of Dublin, Ohio, and beloved aunt Irene Zielski of Peabody. Virginia was predeceased by her parents, Michael R. and Helen V. (Zielski) Quinn of Peabody, Massachusetts.

Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Virginia for a period of visitation on Sunday, January 21, 2024, from 1:00-4:00 pm at the Pierce House, 17 Weston Road, Lincoln. Burial in Lincoln Cemetery will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Virginia’s name to:
The Friends of the Lincoln Library
3 Bedford Road
Lincoln, MA 01773
Arrangements under the care of Concord Funeral Home, 74 Belknap Street, Concord, MA 01742  978-369-3388

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