News - Remembering Lyn Egsgard

Lyn McLane Egsgard was born in Boston on February 10th, 1939. She died from multiple myeloma in Orillia on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015.

Most of us in the Guild knew Lyn Egsgard as a very enthusiastic weaver, who was always ready to try new things. After learning to weave, the first item she brought to the Guild Show & Tell were placemats in double weave pickup, made for a friend who loved rocking horses. We remember her delight at producing a multi-coloured, four-layer, accordion-pleated doubleweave sample. She pushed the limits of rug weaving and, shortly before her death, was exploring the possibilities of her new drawloom which arrived with a 30 yard silk warp already on the back beam!

She was always ready to pass along her enthusiasm for weaving to others and this included her grandchildren. It was a project with her granddaughter that led to the development of “Rowan’s Disks”, a simple version of Kumihimo that Lyn packaged into kits and the Guild sold (very successfully!) at our Fall Sale.

Lyn graduated from Colorado Rocky Mountain High School, where she was the only girl on the ski-jumping team. She completed her Bachelor's degree at Smith College, and her Master’s in Education at Harvard, and began her career teaching math in Kampala, Uganda. She also taught in Connecticut and Massachusetts before completing her teaching career with the Public School Board in Simcoe County.

Lyn was an outstanding mathematics educator. She met her husband John (also a math teacher) at a Conference in Dallas and they settled in Orillia, Ontario to raise their 3 children.
Lyn was an excellent skier, mountain hiker and an accomplished sailor. She competed in a number of international sailing races, even travelling to Brazil and Argentina. Lyn celebrated major birthdays by kayaking off Greenland and heli-skiing in the Rockies.

Lyn spent her summers at her beloved cottage on Newfound Lake in New Hampshire where she chaired the water monitoring committee as well as organizing the annual Loon Count. She was a faithful volunteer with Hospice Orillia.

Lyn will be missed. The Guild will recognize her contribution to the Guild with ‎the purchase of a book for the library. It seemed most appropriate that the book chosen was Marty Benson’s book on coverlets since Lyn passed along her drawloom to Marty before she died.


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