Vivian was a 70+ year member of the Northeastern Section of the ACS. Vivian was an active ACS leader, a natural scientist, a superb writer and editor, and loved gardening. She was a member and leader of the Board of Publications of the NESACS for many years. She will be sorely missed.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Vivian received a BS in Chemistry from University of Michigan in 1942. She married fellow student Wilbur Walworth. They moved to Cambridge in 1943, where Vivian joined Polaroid, working on 3D imaging for aerial reconnaissance during the War. Vivian worked closely with Edwin Land and was instrumental in having the laboratory where he invented instant photography designated a National Historic Chemical Landmark in 2015. In 1952, the Walworth family moved to Concord. Vivian was co-leader of the Concord Mariner Girl Scout troop from 1955 to 1970. She was a member of the Boston Mycological Club from the early 1950s. After her retirement in 1985, Vivian served as a consultant at Rowland Institute for Science, and in 2009 she co-founded StereoJet, Inc., which uses innovative technology to produce high-quality 3D images. In 1985 Vivian became active in REUSIT, the volunteer group that conducted the first recycling projects in Concord. She organized a small SwapOff, which was the starting point for Concord’s popular DropOff/SwapOff events. Vivian taught courses at Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement from 1992 to 2008. She was an active member of First Parish in Concord. Vivian died March 29 after a slow decline due to atrial stenosis. She is survived by her 5 children, 4 grandchildren and 6 step-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on June 18 at First Parish in Concord.
Vivian Walworth (In Memoriam – 1922-2016) – by Mary McCann & John McCann … (PDF)