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HYANNIS, MA: Lawrence Sanford Spiegel, Ph.D. (“Laurie”) of East Sandwich, died peacefully on March 24 after a long illness. Born in Salem, Mass. to parents who had emigrated from Russia and Lithuania, Laurie was the youngest of six children. He was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Lena Spiegel; stepmother, Anne Aronstein Spiegel; brothers, Jack and George; and sisters, Fran, Evelyn, Gertrude. He leaves the love of his life, wife, Mary, and their children, Evelyn and Brandon. He also leaves his daughters, Marsea, Patti, and Lisa from his first marriage to Barbara Ann Gordon; six grandchildren, (Sarah and Adrian Baker, Matthew Givens, Jonathan, Noah and Ben Morasch), and many nieces and nephews.

Laurie graduated from the Citadel in 1952 and earned his Master’s degree in biochemistry from Boston University and his Ph.D. in food technology at M.I.T. His professional career as a food consultant brought many delicious adventures (and a few disasters) to his kitchen as he developed new products and technology for the food industry. Career highlights included a speech at the United Nations World Health Organization and work with the Nez Pierce tribe through the World Council of Churches. He lived in Andover for many years where he served on the Merrimack Valley Economic Development commission, including four years as chair.

He was gentle, kind, smart, artistic and had a great sense of humor. A talented artist, he drew funny cartoons and painted with oil pastels. He liked to crack jokes and be silly with children. Laurie will be remembered, among other things, for the half-sour dill pickles he put up each year and the food he prepared with love and seasoned with joy.
Published on  April 9, 2015
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