Lynn M. Poland

lynn poland

December 13, 1949 ~ July 11, 2022

Born in: Hackensack, NJ
Resided in: Hamden, CT

Lynn Margaret Poland, age 72, of Hamden, died peacefully at home of complications from a stroke, on July 11, 2022. Formerly of Huntersville, NC, Lynn was predeceased by her parents, Clark and Harriet Poland, and her beloved partner, Greg Preston.
Lynn graduated from New Canaan High School, Bates College in Lewiston, ME and earned her PhD. from the University of Chicago Divinity School. Dr. Poland taught Religious Studies at various institutions of higher education including Indiana University, NC State, University of Chicago Divinity School, her alma mater Bates College, and ultimately at Davidson College in North Carolina, from which she retired
in 2018 after 28 years.
Lynn loved life on her farm in Huntersville, her own little Eden. She believed every girl should have a tractor! She loved her horses, the things she grew, and the people who worked on the farm with her. Lynn opened her heart and home to many rescue greyhounds. Always an artist, in her retirement Lynn discovered her passion and talent for pottery making.
Lynn is survived by her beloved sister and brother, Nancy Samela (Joseph) and George Poland (Lisa), and her cherished nieces and nephews, Joseph and Christina Samela, Katharine, Elizabeth, and John
Poland. She also leaves behind many dear cousins and a legacy of lifelong friends and colleagues. All loved and will miss Lynn dearly.
A private service will be held at the family summer cottage on Lake Quaboag in East Brookfield, MA. Donations in Lynn’s memory may be made to Greyhound Friends in Hopkinton, MA (

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  1. So sorry to hear about Lynn, she is finally at peace. Here’s hoping that her and Greg will spend eternity together.

  2. Lynn and Greg made it to Nebraska and spent the day on the farm with us, planting season, we toured our fields and she jumped up into that big ‘ol John Deer with the enthusiasm of a child ❣️ Her curiosity was boundless!
    My only regrets were we lived so far apart and I never got to visit her slice of paradise 💔
    Greg was nothing less than “head over heels” for his Lynnie, and she for him….I’m finally truly at peace at the thought of their energy entwined soaring the universe star dust once again..Bon Voyage see you on the flip side 💘
    Blessings to Lynn’s family and friends left behind, missing her already.

  3. Lynn was a fun, amazing person. We shared being “horse people”. She loved her farm and I had just sold mine in Texas when we met. Besides being a great friend, Lynn was a brilliant teacher who helped students open their minds and learn to think for themselves. She is missed by many.

  4. Our hearts are breaking. So many happy memories from our childhood at camp. We will miss you and your beautiful smile. RIP my special cousin. You are at peace with all of your beloved family and pets ❤️🙏

  5. So sorry to hear about your sister. Your family is in our prayers. I know how difficult it is but you’ll find peace because she’s in a better place.

  6. So sorry to hear about your sister. Your in our thoughts and prayers. You’ll find peace in time because she’s in a better place.

  7. Dear Tige and Nancy and your families, Patty and I were so sorry to get the news about Lynn this morning. I know you were both wonderful caregivers, and Lynn was very blessed to have you. Now she is free from her earthly body …….without pain and frustration over her inabilities in life. Our prayers for you all are for peace and the Lord’s comfort during this time. God Bless You. Love Aunt Kathy and Patty

  8. Lynn was one of the most important people in my life. We met at Bates, learning and adventuring, and she helped me through the death of my great love, Dennis Collins. Over the years I stayed in Maine while she ventured so many places, but we always kept in touch and saw each other as often as we could, especially once she landed in NC where my family lived.
    To Nancy and George and families – thank you for the wonderful care you gave her.
    May she live in all the hearts and minds of those who knew and learned from her. May she and Greg be reunited in peace. May her love of so much and many stay with us all.
    Last night I dreamed she was driving in the old Blue Bag Subaru, just cruising along, a greyhound in the passenger seat. She was smiling, knowing that something good awaited her just beyond the next curve.

  9. Such a beautiful person inside and out. Many fond memories of Lynn at our families’ summer cottages we all called “camp”! She was a great teammate for charades. May you Rest In Peace.
    You will be greatly missed by all.
    Jane and John Gallagher

  10. I didn’t know about Lynn’s prior illness. I am so sad to hear this news. I know Lynn from being lake Quabog summer neighbors long ago and then again meeting her out at camp when she was walking her greyhound. This was 20 plus years ago and I so loved that experience we soon later rescued Rapid Fire; our own greyhound. It was then later we ended up
    In NC and she did too! I regret we did not connect but all of life’s daily stuff seems to always get in the way. Sounds like Lynn had a wonderful rich life surrounded by love. That’s the best we can ask for. I’m sending my prayers to the Poland family.

  11. Dear George, Lisa and family, So very sorry to hear of your Sister’s passing. She sounds like an amazing, loving woman. With love and our sympathy, Patty and John Konecny, May She rest in peace

  12. I’m so sorry to hear of Lynn’s passing. She was a fun and imaginative person who will be missed. I’m so glad Cathey and I had a chance to visit with her in June when she and Nancy were at camp. My thoughts are with you, Nancy and George, and the whole Poland family.
    Love to all
    Heather King

  13. Lynne was such a dear person! I’m very sorry to hear of her passing. She was my husband’s colleague at Davidson College and a collector of my art. What an animal lover! She introduced me to her horses and dogs with loving and funny anecdotes about each of them. It was a privilege to visit her beautiful home, which was clearly an expression of her spirit.
    My heartfelt condolences to her family.
    Felicia van Bork

  14. I’m saddened to hear of Lynn’s passing. I’ll always remember Lynn’s genteel and peaceful countenance. I inherited some of her books when she retired and they grace my bookshelves at Davidson College. I’m glad that Lynn’s signatures are in a few.

  15. Nancy, Tige and your beautiful families:
    May you all eventually find God’s peace that passes all understanding 🙏🏻! All of our hearts are breaking 💔 for the loss of Lynn. She was such a kind, loving, caring, vibrant person and cousin; always wearing that “full of life” smile 😊! But, thankfully we all know she is free from life’s struggles here on earth, and joined in heaven with Greg, your mom & dad, my mom & dad, and all those family and friends that have gone before her ❤️. Praying for all of you to feel God’s loving, comforting arms around you, and His help through this most difficult, hurting time 🙏🏻. Allow all the wonderful memories to flood your hearts ❤️❤️! We’re here for you! Love you guys tons, KK, Dave & girls

  16. My beloved teacher at Davidson College who inspired and oversaw my year long independent study at Planned Parenthood. She also entrusted me with the beloved care of her furchild while away when I was a student. I am very saddened. She was a beautiful soul.

  17. George, Nancy and all the other friends and family who loved Lynn.
    I was very shocked and saddened too hear about her stroke and early departure from us.
    Let us all cherish our memories.

  18. It is such sad news to hear of Lynnie’s passing. She was so special. I fondly remember talking with her at camp about her doctoral essay on ‘the sublime.’ Years ago and yesterday…. I loved her intellect and humor. I have nothing but the fondest of memories of her and her graceful, funny spirit. My sincerest condolences for your family. xxoo Cate

  19. Was extremely saddened to learn of Lynn’s recent devastating stroke and now of her passing.
    A classmate of Lynn’s during her brief time high school in southern Delaware so many years ago, I remember her fondly as she, of course, was unforgettable.
    Coincidentally, my college years were spent at Davidson College where Lynn subsequently taught and thrived for 28 years.
    We lost contact soon after graduation but Lynn was kind enough to make the trek north to an ‘honorary’ 50th high school reunion in Delaware several years back. Not surprisingly Lynn remained as vibrant and giving and kind as remembered by all back in the day.
    She will be missed by everyone blessed with the good fortune to have known her.
    May Lynn rest in eternal peace.

  20. I just learned of Lynn’s death from the Bates College magazine. I am so stunned and saddened. I knew Lynn a little bit at Bates but came to know her better when we were both graduate students at The University of Chicago. She was an exceptionally profound, thoughtful, and kind person. Deepest condolences to her family and close friends.

  21. I am so sorry to hear of Lynn’s death. She was my teacher at the University of Chicago, and she profoundly shaped my understanding of the study of religion. She was writing on Augustine’s Confessions in those days, and her brilliant interpretation of that great book has stayed with me all these years. I last saw her eight years ago in North Carolina and loved hearing about her beloved farm. What a beautiful soul. I was lucky to be her student for a while. Deepest condolences to the many students whose lives she touched, and to her family and friends.

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