Elinor Lamont (Anderson-Bell) Hallowell, of Tucson, AZ and North Haven, ME, died January 29, 2022 at her home in Tucson at the age of 86. When asked “what are you doing?” Elinor smiled and replied proudly, “I MAKE friends and family. In fact, she did much more. Her favorite botanical garden‘s mission statement could easily have been Elinor’s: “to enrich people’s lives by connecting them to the wonders of nature, art and culture…and to inspire wise stewardship. of the natural world”.
Elinor was the daughter of Elinor and Thomas Lamont, a partner at JP Morgan and the granddaughter of Florence and Thomas Lamont, a senior partner at JP Morgan. Elinor, raised in Manhattan and Syosset, attended Brearly School and graduated from Milton Academy in 1953 and Barnard College in 1958. She studied acting in Boston and wowed audiences at the Cambridge Revels and North Haven Community Theatre, and toured Europe with the North Shore. Chorus.
Elinor spent the summer on North Haven Island in Maine. She loved her friends in North Haven, her walks and her entertainment: from political fundraisers to end of season tea. Elinor’s beautiful voice will be missed, echoing from her pew near the church organ in the Episcopal village of North Haven.
Elinor raised her children, Fiona and Andrew, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her first husband, Andrew Anderson-Bell, an avid boater and supporter of Plimouth Plantation and Outward Bound’s Hurricane Island. Elinor’s second marriage, to fellow Milton’s Gerry Hallowell, brought her to Tucson in 1995. She embraced the southwest with vigor, finding great birds, serving as president of the Friends of the Libraries of the UofA and collecting Native American patriotic art. Elinor’s love of gardens led her to become a teacher at the Tohono Chul Botanical Center. Elinor designed gardens in each of her homes to honor their settings and climates. His El Encanto Tucson garden received the AZ Excellence in Landscaping Award.
Elinor’s witty conversation was informed by deep and wide reading. To be his dinner partner was to feel respected, informed and delighted. This skill made the last years of her life particularly cruel, as progressive dementia gradually deprived her of all speech.
Elinor is survived by her husband, Roger “Gerry” H. Hallowell Jr. of Tucson; his children, Fiona Anderson-Bell of North Haven, ME, and Andrew and Lexanne Anderson-Bell of Ipswich, MA and North Haven ME; grandchildren, Annabell and Willem Hurd; stepchildren, Roger H. and Benedicte Hallowell III, Rosa Hallowell and Mark Stein, Charles Hallowell and Flora Grubb, and Nicholas Hallowell and Audrey Knox; as well as seven step-grandchildren, Penrose, Rory, Elias, Mathilda and Felix Hallowell and Elizah and Lucia Stein. Sandy, her Portuguese Water Dog, will continue to watch over her with pride.
Elinor was predeceased by three brothers, Thomas Lamont, lost in World War II; Time Magazine writer Lansing Lamont; and HUD official Ted Lamont. Extraordinary helpers from Bayada cared for Elinor in her final chapter. Their compassion ensured his dignity with grace and good humor.
Elinor will be honored at rallies in Tucson in February and on North Haven Island this summer. ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel (Tucson) will post details as they become available. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Nature Conservancy (Nature.org) or Tohona Chul (Tohonachul.org).
Published by Arizona Daily Star on February 6, 2022.