Running Horse - (Loew-Digges) - Amherst, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 23.501 W 072° 30.675
18T E 704849 N 4696266
Quick Description: A running horse markes the grave of poet and writer Deborah Leah Sugarbaker Digges and her husband Franklin Martin Loew. The grave is located in Wildwood Cemetery, 70 Strong Street, Amherst, MA.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 4/26/2022 6:41:00 AM
Waymark Code: WM163EV
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:

The grave of Deborah Sugarbaker Digges and her third husband Franklin Martin Loew is marked by a beautiful bronze sculpture of a running horse set on a bronze plinth over a rectangular polished black granite base. The front of the base is inscribed:

FRANKLIN MARTIN LOEW SEPT. 5, 1939 - APRIL 22, 2003
DEBORAH SUGARBAKER DIGGES FEB. 6, 1950 - APRIL 10, 2009

The top of the base is inscribed: WE'LL MEET AGAIN.

Deborah Leah Sugarbaker was born Deborah in Jefferson City, MO on February 6, 1950. She studied art at the University of Missouri and earned a BA degree in English at the University of California, Riverside, in 1975, and a Master of Fine Art degree from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She took the last name of her first husband, an Air Force pilot, with whom she had two children. She was predeceased by her third husband Franklin Martin Loew, who was a Dean at Tufts University where she was a professor.

Deborah Sugarbaker Digges wrote lyrically and hauntingly about the challenges of everyday life. Collections of her poetry include: Digges’s collections of poetry include Vesper Sparrows (1986), which won the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Prize for a best first book of poetry; Late in the Millenium (1989); Rough Music (1995), Trapeze (2004), The Wind Blows through the Doors of my Heart (2010). She also wrote two books of memoirs: Fugitive Spring (1992), and "The Stardust Lounge: Stories From a Boy's Adolescence (2001).

She won the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Prize for a best first book of poetry for Vesper Sparrows, and the Kingsley Tufts Award for Rough Music. She died on April 10, 2009 of an apparent suicide in a fall from the top of the McGuirk Alumni Stadium at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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