supporter of the arts, and generous spirit-
Diane Lind was born on April 20,
1937, in Malden, MA and was a longtime resident of Reading, MA.
She passed away on May 15, 2020 after a brief illness. She was
the loving daughter of Barbara (MacLellan) Lind and Clifford
Lind and is survived by Bruce MacLellan and his wife Anne, Karen
Ritterbush, and Scott Ritterbush, all of NH, her godchild
Kristen Bjork of Waltham, MA, her good friend Albion Bjork of
Lincoln, MA and many cousins and friends. She was predeceased by
her dear friend Ray Sipola.
Raised and educated in Malden, Diane graduated from Malden High
School (class of 1954) where she excelled in speech and drama.
Four years later she graduated from Jackson College at Tufts
University with a B.A. degree. She later received her M.A.T.
degree from Salem State College.
Diane began teaching English, speech, and drama at Wakefield Junior
High School in 1958. She and fellow teacher Ray Sipola became
quite well-known for their outstanding musical productions. In
1975 Diane transferred to Wakefield Memorial High School where
she became the chairperson of the English Department, a position
she held for more than twenty years .She then continued her
teaching career at Emerson College, Cambridge College, Northern
Essex Community College, and Tufts University where she balanced
classroom activities with teacher training. For several years
she also tutored at an immigration learning center in Malden for
adults hoping to attain U.S. citizenship.
Diane could often be found onstage or backstage in local theaters.
She played Auntie Mame with the Melrose Community Players,
directed “Fiddler on the Roof,” “The King and I,”,’ and “The
Music Man” and other productions for Reading’s Colonial Chorus.
Quannapowitt Players of Reading saw Diane giving life to the
characters of Oscar Wilde, Robert Harling, and her favorite,
Arthur Miller. She was an active participant at the Stoneham
Theater (now Greater Boston), and even found time to lend her
voice to characters for a local radio drama company.
Always striving to give to others, Diane was an active volunteer.
She was a founder of the 275-seat theater (The Savings Bank
Theatre) at Wakefield Memorial High School, and a member of the
Sweetser Lecture Series Committee and The Scholarship Foundation
of Wakefield. In Malden Diane was an enthusiastic supporter of
Malden High’s Alumni Association and on the board of the
Davenport Memorial Home.
Summer, her favorite time of year, was a time for travel. Diane
explored the world, always with friends, to Japan. Russia,
Scandinavia, much of Europe, Canada, Mexico, Barbados, the USA,
and three particular favorites: Ogunquit and New Harbor, Maine,
and Lake Winnipesaukee.
Because final arrangements will be private, it is hoped that
friends and family will raise a glass in Diane’s honor-
“L’chaim” - to life.
Memorial contributions may be made to the following: The Diane Lind
Scholarship, The Scholarship Foundation, P. O. Box 321,
Wakefield, MA 01880 or to Housing Families, 919 Eastern Avenue,
Malden, MA 02148.