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Martha a. Byington

August 30, 1944 — July 18, 2023


Martha a. Byington


Martha Byington, August 30, 1944 - July 17, 2023, Boston, MA.   Martha, an avid lover of animals and a fierce defender of animal rights, passed peacefully in her sleep surrounded by friends.  Martha is survived by her beloved sister MaryAnne, a resident of New York city, and was predeceased by her ex-husband Peter Antell.


Martha was born in Long Island, New York, but spent much of her early life on the beaches of Aruba (specifically “Baby Beach”) where her father was employed in the oil industry.  After graduating from Lago High School in Aruba she went to Smith College in Boston.  After graduating from Smith, she would go on to hold multiple senior positions at Mass General Hospital (which she lovingly referred to as “Man’s Greatest Hospital”).  She left MGH to become the Chief Executive Officer of Health Assessment Labs (HAL), a trailblazer in the world of health outcomes analytics.  After her retirement from HAL, she spent countless hours volunteering as a tutor at both the Blackstone Elementary School and the Suffolk County House of Corrections, both located in Boston.


Martha was a spirited soul who took on many passions, including animal rights, finding great comfort and peace in making the world a safer and better place for all animals.  Martha was not only an outspoken intellectual, she was so extremely kind, caring and passionate, requiring honesty and authenticity from those around her.


Those wishing to honor her life can make a donation the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Angelo Animal Medical Center.

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