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Elinor J. Writt

Obituary
November 8, 1918 - August 18, 2008
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Elinor J. (Wagner) Writt, 89, formerly of 46 Pleasant St, Brunswick, passed quietly at her home at Sunnybrook Village, Brunswick, August 18th, 2008. She was the widow of LCDR William (Bill) W. Writt, USN, who died in July of 1980.
Mrs. Writt was born at Moline, Illinois on November 8, 1918, the daughter of Arthur J. and Frieda Mehl Wagner, whose forebears immigrated from Germany in the 1800’s. The Wagner family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where she attended public schools, showing great promise in math and art, winning a city-wide art contest, resulting in her ‘Clean Up and Beautify Week’ poster being used to decorate all the city trolley cars and busses. Elinor was a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, receiving her Bachelors Degree with High Honors in Mathematics and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She then taught mathematics for several years in the Cincinnati Public Schools.
During WW2, she received a Ensign’s commission as a U.S. Navy WAVE officer in 1944, followed by eight years of active duty at Great Lakes, Illinois & Washington, D.C. where she served as the assistant to Dr. Mina Rees, famed mathematician and scholar. In 1950, Elinor was the 1st woman officer in Naval history appointed to attend the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. With her father Arthur, she drove from Cincinnati to Monterey in the family Dodge Dosoto to report to school; no small feat in those days. She graduated at the top of her class, with a Masters Degree in Aerology in 1951. While there, she met & married Bill and continued to serve the Navy in Monterey & later, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
After her discharge from the Navy at the rank of Lieutenant, the Writts were transferred to the U.S. Naval Base at Moffet Field, California, then Pensacola, Florida and on to the U.S. Naval Base at Halfar Field, on the Island of Malta in the Mediterranean. While busy raising her children, Mrs. Writt made time to teach mathematics at the Stepen Decatur Navy School, coaching baseball and directing the school plays as well.In 1959 the Writts were transferred to the Brunswick Naval Air Station.  Elinor then taught school for eighteen years at Brunswick Junior High, where she instilled her love for math in many bright young minds, and was appointed chairman of the Mathematics Department.. Never content to be idle in her education, she earned a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from Bowdoin College in 1963.  After retiring she spent much time traveling the world.
Throughout her life, Elinor was an opera lover.  She attended & became a long-time supporter of the Metropolitan Opera in New York.She leaves two sons, Christopher P. Writt of Brunswick and Frederick A. Writt of Falmouth, ME and a daughter, Delia Austin of Brunswick, four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. She is also survived by a brother, Robert E.Wagner of Harrison, Ohio.
At Mrs. Writt’s request funeral services will be private.  Interment will be at Pine Grove Cemetery, Brunswick. Memorial donations may be made to CHANS/Hospice 60 Baribeau Drive Brunswick, Me 04011. Arrangements are by Stetson’s Funeral Home 12 Federal St. Brunswick and memorial condolences may be expressed at stetsonsfuneralhome.com