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PASADENA, CA: Muriel Wood Ponzecchi, known to her friends as "Oriel," was born on February 8, 1924, and passed away on December 21, 2015. She was the granddaughter of William Wood, president of the American Wood Company in Lawrence.

Muriel grew up in Andover at the Wood Estate, named "Arden." She attended Vassar College majoring in philosophy and then went on to graduate school at Radcliffe College and Stanford University, where she was awarded a PhD in Applied Mathematics and Statistics.

She later taught philosophy at a number of colleges and universities including The University of California at Santa Barbara, The American College in Paris, and Costa College in Northern California.

Muriel led an active life in retirement with her husband, Piero, and a number of canine companions over the years. She took up photography and traveled, but always spent her summers at her home, "Winter House" on Cuttyhunk Island near Cape Cod.

She is survived by her three children, Susan, David and Jon Winet; two daughters-in-law; two grandchildren, Camille and Yugi Winet; and one great-grandchild, Taliana Elarco Winet. Her husband, Piero Ponzecchi, died in July, 2014.

Muriel's immediate family extends its heartfelt gratitude to the many family members, friends, and staff who gave her comfort and joy throughout her life and in her later years when she was not well.

An interment ceremony is planned for the summer of 2016 on Cuttyhunk Island, Mass., where her life will be celebrated and remembered.
Published on  January 21, 2016
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