Charlotte P. Armstrong

March 13, 1927 - December 08, 2018


charlottearmstrongCharlotte Pierce Armstrong, 90, born March 13, 1927, passed away peacefully in Camden, Maine, on December 8, 2017, where she resided for the past four years. She was a distinguished attorney, advisor on corporate governance, committed philanthropist, and dedicated to academia and women in the workforce.

Born in Boston and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of Louise P. Horwood and Prof. Murray P. Horwood.

Mrs. Armstrong attended the Shady Hill School, the Windsor School, and graduated from Radcliffe College in 1949, cum laude, with an A.B. in government, history, and economics. She then went on to receive her A.M. in public law and government from Columbia University in 1950.

In 1953, she received her LL.B. from Harvard Law School, in the first class to admit women to HLS and became a prestigious lawyer in Washington and New York.

Mrs. Armstrong was a passionate philanthropist, particularly in academia. In 1999, she completed a 6-year tenure on the Board of Overseers of Harvard University, and was President of the board during her final year of membership. She was President of the worldwide Harvard Law School Association (HLSA) between 1994-96.

Additionally, Mrs. Armstrong chaired the visiting committees of Harvard Law School and the university-wide human resources function, serving five years on each committee. Mrs. Armstrong also served as the president of the Harvard Law School Association of New York City, and her painted portrait is hanging on the wall at the Harvard Club in New York City. Additionally, Mrs. Armstrong served as a chair on the Harvard Overseers Committee on Women's Studies and Women Faculty. Similarly, she served as a member of the Task Force on Women and Leadership in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In 2011, Mrs. Armstrong received a Doctorate of Law, honoris causa, from Marymount Manhattan College.

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Memorial Gathering


Thursday, 05/3/18 at 5:00pm | iCal


Cosmopolitan Club in New York City
122 East 66th Street
New York, NY 10021

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In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Armstrong's name to the following causes:

Harvard University
c/o Harvard University
P.O. Box 419209
Boston, MA 02241

The American Farm School
1133 Broadway, Suite 1226
New York, NY 10010

Quarry Hill
Resident Fund
30 Community Drive,
Camden, ME 04843