Danvers, MA — Laurie Anne Cameron, a twenty-year Danvers resident, died at home November 27. The cause of death was breast cancer. She was 58.
Ms. Cameron was a magna cum laude graduate of Wheaton College in Norton, MA. She also attended Loyola University in Rome for her junior year.
She was a 32-year employee of Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, spending her time in both commercial and personal market claims departments. During her years at Liberty Mutual, she was known as a strong manager, encouraging mentor, and advocate for diversity. She said her greatest pleasure was combining these attributes to identify and develop future leaders.
As a teenager, Ms. Cameron attended Brown Ledge Camp on Lake Champlain’s Mallet’s Bay. That camp, she said, was life changing and helped her to develop qualities that made her successful as a woman and leader.
She was an avid traveler, visiting Europe, Tanzania, South Africa, and the South Pacific and logging over 400 dives as a scuba diver, mainly in the Caribbean. She was a curious adventurer and always delighted in the diverse experiences she encountered at home and around the world.
Born on February 18, 1955, and raised in Wilbraham, Ms. Cameron was the daughter of Doris and Gordon Cameron. Mr. Cameron was a longtime civic leader in Springfield.
Ms. Cameron was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999 and with metastatic disease in 2007. Most of her treatment was at the Massachusetts General Hospital’s North Shore Cancer Center. Before her death, she established a fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to contribute to improved treatments and outcomes for women with metastatic breast cancer. Donations of any amount would be welcome and can be sent to the Laurie Cameron Fund for Advanced Breast Cancer Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445.
She is survived by her mother; sister, Sally Cameron and niece, Ariel Webster; many close friends whom she considered family, as well as Sammi, the dog she shared with her neighbor.