North Andover — Alice Lucille (Sewell) Daly, 90, of North Andover, died peacefully Saturday, July 20, 2013, at the Meadows at Edgewood in North Andover. Her first husband of 52 years, Dr. Felix Palubinskas, MD, PhD., died in 1998. Lucille moved to The Edgewood Retirement Community in 1999, where she was very active on many committees and twice elected president of the residents association. It was at Edgewood that she met and married Mr. William Daly, and there they joyously shared life together until his passing in 2004. Lucille and Bill were active members of St. Michael's Church, and loved to visit the Lanam Club on a regular basis.
Lucille was born in Lawrence, Mass., on January 5,1923, to the late James R. and Alice M. Duchaine Sewell, both of whom worked in the textile mills in that city. She had two sisters who died in infancy, Janice and Jacqueline, and a beloved brother, Jimmy, who predeceased her. Education was always very important in her family. Lucille graduated first in her class from St. Mary's High School, where she was valedictorian, and from Salem State Teachers College. She received her master's degree from the Harvard School of Education, and was awarded her doctorate from Iowa State University in 1952, where she was the first woman to hold a faculty appointment in psychology.
Professor of Psychology at Tufts University for over forty-five years, Dr. "Pal," as she was affectionately known by generations of students, was a passionate adviser, superb teacher and lecturer, and an admired and beloved colleague. Her office door was always open, her sage counsel and great humor ringing in the corridors of North Hall, and the more elegant department spaces of later years. In 1981, she received the Tufts Alumni Award. A leader in women's issues, a masterful teacher of statistics, an active member of the AAUP, and the American Psychological Association, one of the founders of the Experimental College, a member of virtually every faculty committee, and a visiting professor at Tufts Dental School — her university life was a full one!