Deborah Throop Leighton

  • Born: July 15, 1937
  • Died: November 23, 2020
  • Location: Bedford, Massachusetts

Concord Funeral Home

Director - Glenn D. Burlamachi, CFSP
74 Belknap St.
Concord, MA 01742
Tel. (978) 369-3388

Tribute & Message From The Family

Deborah Throop Leighton, intrepid traveler of the globe and lifelong student of the arts and language, died November 23rd at 83. Though she also lived in Lincoln, Boston and Bedford, home was always Concord, MA, where she grew up, the daughter of Dan and Martha Smith and sister to Louise and Throop, attended Concord Academy (class of '55) and raised two daughters.

Deborah pursued community and friendship through a career as a professional volunteer in local and national campaigns, and later with WGBH, Massachusetts General Hospital and Beacon Hill Village.

Deborah is survived by her brother, Dan Throop Smith Jr., and her two daughters, Anne and Julia Leighton. And by her traveling buddies, among whom her sister-in-law, Barbara Leighton, was the source of many funny stories about white wine loving Americans traveling in France. And by Concord Academy classmates, friends and support through the decades. And by the longtime residents of Langsford Road, Cape Porpoise, Maine, her solace by the sea, where she was notorious for swimming in the harbor amongst the fishing boats and holding court on her front porch in her pink bathrobe.

Consistent with her wishes and family tradition there will be no service and Deborah's ashes will travel to her favorite places. But if the mood strikes you -- raise a glass, toast a memory, and donate to a favorite cause.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Julia, Ann and Dan,

While there were 21 years between us, most of my memories of your Mom/Sister are from adulthood. As one of the youngest of Deborah's Vaughan cousins, I did not get to experience her visits to the Vaughan Farm as a child but she was very hospitable to my husband and children during our time living in the New England area (MA & NH). Our family (Richard, Kelsey & Justin) enjoyed several visits to the Concord house where my children joined Deborah for a swim in the pool, riding trikes in the driveway and photos on the beautiful boulders in her front yard. We also got to visit while she lived in Boston several times---one time pulling her away from a discussion group which included her friend Nancy Bush Ellis. A visit to her Islesboro Island, Maine home on a sailing trip from our Hingham home, at 6 months pregnant, offered a welcome respite. I always marveled at her fabulous sense of style when it came to interior decorating and stylish dressing and her great sense of adventure in her travel itineraries. She was the last place we visited on our way out to the west coast when we moved to California in 2011. I am so glad we made that stop so that we could visit her in a place that she adored--the Maine House on Langsford Road. I have some lovely photos from that visit that I will have to upload later next year when I retrieve my computer out of storage in CA. Rest in peace, Dear Cousin--your time will fondly be remembered here. ~ Luisa Tassan~ Wilmington, NC

Posted by Luisa Tassan - Family   December 03, 2020

Anne and Julia - It was our pleasure to know your Mom and be welcomed into her family! We always enjoyed spending time together - each time we learned more about her many adventures and those you both afforded her growing up! We will always remember your Mom as a remarkable person! Here's to a life well lived

Posted by Chris & Cincy - Fairfax, VA - Family Friend   December 02, 2020

Met Deborah at the Metropolitan Opera HD broadcasts at Revere Showcase cinemas. We shared an interest in opera and looked forward to watching the Met together. She invited my husband and me to lunch at her home in Maine, and we disappointed her by declining a kayak tour of the harbor. She was a delight to be with and her love of livelong learning was an inspiration!

Posted by Bob Gallagher - Medford, MA - Acquaintance   November 29, 2020

Déborah was a lovely neighbor here on Langsford Rd. She will be missed.

Posted by Edward Sullivan - Neighbor   November 29, 2020

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