SELMA "CHELLY" BARON
Selma (Chelly) Baron, the daughter of the late Hyman and Esther Wasserman of New York City, was born and raised in the Bronx, New York City. Having entered New York University at age 16, Chelly received a degree in occupational therapy. She went on to star in amateur theatre as part of the MIT Players, including playing Greek drama in roles such as Antigone and Medea.
When Chelly was 17, she met her future husband Jud, just after he had returned from WWII's European theatre as a handsome, decorated war veteran. The two were married in 1949, and after her husband received a doctorate in aeronautical engineering from MIT, they eventually settled in Lexington, Massachusetts where they raised two sons. During her time in Lexington, Chelly was an accomplished ceramics artist and maker of one-of-a-kind jewelry and stuffed animals. She was a founding partner of The Village Artisans, a gift store established in 1968 by twelve creative women artists.
Chelly and Jud spent 54 happy years together. One of the highlights was their trip on safari to Kenya and Tanzania in 1974.
Chelly was honored to receive recognition as Massachusetts M.S. Chapter Volunteer of the Year in 1991, for her work with others afflicted with the disease, having been diagnosed with M.S. herself while in her early 40s.
After her husband passed away in 2003, Chelly moved to be close to her family in Maryland. In the last couple of years of her life she lived at a group home in Potomac, Maryland, where she was cared for by an extremely accomplished staff, including Nan Nop.