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Those who knew Belmont resident Joan Louise Campbell remember her as a lover of open space who was often riding around town on her bicycle. She passed away at the age of 92 on Dec. 15, 2016 and on Sept. 23, the Select Board accepted a gift of $330,000 from her estate for the Joan Campbell Fund to benefit Lone Tree Hill.

According to Ellen O'Brien Cushman, chairman of the Land Management Committee for Lone Tree Hill, Campbell was very involved in the process when the town acquired the 119-acre property from McLean Hospital.

"She was a watchdog for the committee," said Cushman.

Cushman said the fund will be managed by the Land Management Committee and used to support the prudent, long-term management, stewardship and conservation of Lone Tree Hill.

Campbell had lived in Belmont since 1937. She was also active in the League of Women Voters, the Belmont Garden Club, served as a Town Meeting member, and on local town committees as well as conservation organizations.  Her other interests included sailing, biking, gardening, traveling, bird watching, and the Boston sports teams.

"Her legacy lives on in Belmont. This is such a wonderful gift," said Select Board Chairman Tom Caputo.