Proprietors’ Annual Meeting 2018

July 1, 2018

Please join us Tuesday, September 18th at 9 AM in the Administration Building for the Annual Meeting of The Proprietors of The Cemetery of Mount Auburn. President & CEO David Barnett will share the financial and operational highlights of the past fiscal year.

The meeting is open to all.  


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Revitalizing Bigelow Chapel & Asa Gray Garden

February 1, 2018

As part of its Strategic Plan, Mount Auburn is currently revitalizing two of its most celebrated landmarks, Asa Gray Garden and Bigelow Chapel. Together these projects are part of a larger initiative to enhance the experience of arriving at and being within Mount Auburn, a place that has served to comfort the bereaved and inspire all who visit since its founding. Independently, each project presents an exciting new chapter in the Cemetery’s history.

What is the Council of Visitors?

September 10, 2018

The Council of Visitors (COV) at Mount Auburn Cemetery is an advisory body, comprised of Cemetery friends, leaders in horticulture, landscape enhancement, historic preservation, wildlife, educational programming, as well as community leaders, dedicated to supporting and advancing Mount Auburn’s mission and highest standards of excellence. The Council acts as informed advisors on issues of strategic importance through active membership, and serve as a vital resource by volunteering leadership, expertise, and financial support. COV members also act as ambassadors and promote the interests of Mount Auburn Cemetery nationwide.

Members of the Council of Visitors are selected and invited by Mount Auburn leadership to serve terms of three years. Terms are renewable at the discretion of Mount Auburn leadership. They are selected based on their individual interests, vision, special expertise, and dedication to the advancement of Mount Auburn. A Chairman and a Vice Chairman are elected by Cemetery leadership.

The COV will receive regular reports on recent and upcoming major projects and new initiatives, financial conditions, fundraising reports, strategic plan updates, and other emerging topics. Members are encouraged to comment upon and advise on these and related matters. They are called upon by the Cemetery for informal advice or ad hoc assignments, and are invited to participate in occasional task forces and other special opportunities. While Mount Auburn invites, and welcomes, members’ philanthropic support, there are no giving requirements attached to the Council, nor are there any governance responsibilities.

The COV meets once each year for approximately one-half day in length. On Thursday, October 19, members attended the 6th annual Council of Visitors meeting with keynote speaker Ellen Goodman, award winning journalist and syndicated columnist, who founded “The Conversation Project.” As integral Mount Auburn community leaders, the Council will be invited to all Mount Auburn events, meetings, lectures, exhibits, concerts, and functions.

For more information on the COV or joining this important group of ambassadors, please contact Jenny Gilbert, Director of Institutional Advancement at 617-607-1970 or




Council of Visitors

September 7, 2018

Mount Auburn Cemetery’s Council of Visitors is comprised of Cemetery friends, leaders in horticulture, historic preservation, educational programming, landscape enhancement, and community leaders who support the Cemetery in accomplishing its mission and maintaining the highest standards of excellence.  Learn more about the Council of Visitors.

Mount Auburn Cemetery Council of Visitors 2018

Caroline Mortimer, Co-Chair

Franklin A. Reece III, Co-Chair

John Airasian, Founding Member

Jane M. Carroll, Founding Member

Susan W. Paine, Founding Member

Helen Abrams

Rowena Alston

Peter W. Ambler

Melissa Banta

Elizabeth E. Barker

Claude L. Benoit

Stephanie Berk

Willa C. Bodman

Virginia J. Brady

Joanna H. Breyer

Lucinda A. Brockway

Eliza E. Burden

W.D. Burden

Sharon Bushnell

Patricia Capone

Suzanne S. Carlson

William C. Clendaniel

Elizabeth D. Coxe

Peter Del Tredici

Brian Dolan

Suzanne R. Dworsky

Alan J. Dworsky

Suzanne W. Dworsky

Alan Emmet

Peter Falb

Karen Falb

G.D. Forney

Philip V. Gerdine

Elizabeth M. Goodfellow Zagoroff

Patricia N. Grandieri

Robert J. Gustavson

Craig C. Halvorson

Eileen A. Harrington

Jonathan Hecht

John F. Hemenway

Peter Hiam

Luisa Hunnewell

Nora Huvelle

Bruce A. Irving

Laura A. Johnson

Wendall C. Kalsow

Joseph Koerner

Clare W. Leslie

Jane B. Levitt

Lauren MacCarthy

Joe Martinez

Brooks Mathewson

Julie M. Messervy

Roberto Mighty

Kyra L. Montagu

Marian Morash

Russell Morash

Keith N. Morgan

Susan Morris

Anthony Morris

Karen W. Mueller

H. Betsy Munzer

Mark K. Nichols

Aaron Olmstead

Denise Pappas

Erik C. Park

Richard B. Peiser

Wayne R. Petersen

Donald H. Pfister

Stephen Pinkerton

Frances G. Pratt

Patricia R. Pratt

Harold I. Pratt

Frances G. Pratt

Nancy Rappaport

Marilyn Richardson

David J. Russo

Alison Sander

Oliver C. Scholle

Julia Sheehan

E.D. Simmons

Sherley G. Smith

Rosemarie C. Smurzynski

James M. Storey

Patricia L. Straus

Robert H. Stymeist

Ruth Thomasian

Claudia G. Thompson

Kate Thompson

Charles Tracy

Pamela W. Turner

Elizabeth A. Vizza

Matthew R. Walter

Mariana S. Webb

Louise E. Weed

Jason Weeks

Charlie Welch

Richard H. Willis

Rosemary Wilson

G.E. Wylde

Open Position: Security Guard/Visitor Services Representative

September 4, 2018

As a member of the Security staff, the Security Guard/Visitor Services Representative reports directly to the Security Supervisor for weekly scheduling and daily assignment of tasks, but also works closely with the Visitor Services staff to provide visitor services in a professional and courteous manner. Primary responsibilities include Entrance Gate duty, serving as first contact for visitors to welcome them, answer questions and direct them to their desired destinations. Uses computer to locate specific grave locations for visitors as requested. Provides security functions at the Entrance Gate area, including the handling of visitors arriving on bicycles, motorcycles, with dogs, etc. Assists with the management of funeral processions and memorial services, directing traffic flow and parking as appropriate.

Maintains a clean and professional appearance of Entrance Gate area by picking up trash, watering the plants, and removing snow and ice as needed. Sells and rents interpretive materials in a responsible manner, including credit cards transactions and cash management. Hours:  Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday and Tuesday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Start and end times may vary during different seasons of the year to correspond to the opening time of the Cemetery, and overtime hours may be required for special events and extra coverage during the busiest periods. (more…)

Sweet Auburn Magazine

September 3, 2018

Published biannually, Sweet Auburn is an exploration and celebration of the many facets of Mount Auburn Cemetery. Topics covered in the magazine include art, architecture, biography, burial and commemoration, conservation, design, ecology, education, history, horticulture , genealogy, preservation, and wildlife. (more…)