PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Fredlyn Kovitch “Fredi” Solod, of Hallworth House, died March 26 at Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Born in Brockton, Massachusetts, a daughter of the late Irving and Anna (Sobel) Kovitch, she had lived in Providence for nearly 40 years, previously living in Warwick and Morristown, Tennessee.
A graduate of Pembroke College of Brown University, she was a published short story writer and essayist and for years wrote a weekly column for the Citizen-Tribune newspaper of Morristown. Her columns were later collected in a book, “Is Anyone Listening?” She was an accomplished amateur actress with the Morristown Theatre Guild, a guiding light for the Mutual Concert Series, and an outspoken activist for women’s rights, one of the earliest members of Another Mother for Peace. She also volunteered for the League of Women Voters and the American Red Cross, among many organizations. Upon returning to Providence from Tennessee so that she could be closer to the ocean she adored, she joined the Development Office at Brown University, beginning as a proposal writer and becoming Director of Publications before her retirement.
Solod was a life member of Hadassah and a member of the National Council of Jewish Women. An avid supporter of the arts, Solod was also a member of the board of Friends of Trinity and the Friends of the Rhode Island Philharmonic.
Solod was a world traveler often venturing alone to a host of exotic countries. She was a brilliant amateur photographer, capturing the beauty of every place she visited. She also stunningly captured her three grandchildren in a variety of portraits.
She is survived by her daughters Lisa Solod (husband Dr. Elbert Sholar), of Savannah, Georgia, Margo Solod (wife, Deborah Miranda) of Lexington, Virginia and Nina Solod Brodeur (husband, Mark), of Cuttyhunk, Massachusetts. She is also survived by her sisters Seena Kovitch Dittelman of Warwick and Laya Kovitch of Harwich, Massachusetts, and by her grandchildren Philip and Grace Lambeth, Megan Shaver and Matthew Brodeur. She is preceded in death by her ex-husband Jay L. Solod of Knoxville, Tennessee.
Contributions in her memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 245 Waterman St., #306, Providence, RI 02906.