Mrs. Verena (Robison Morgan) Rybicki

  • Born: March 12, 1933
  • Died: December 10, 2019
  • Location: Peabody, Massachusetts

Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home

Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home
167 Maple Street, Danvers, MA 01923
Tel. (978) 774-6600

Tribute & Message From The Family

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PEABODY - Verena Rybicki, nee Morgan, formerly of Lexington, died on December 10, 2019 at Brooksby Village in Peabody. She is survived by her husband George, son Stephen, daughter Sarah Holtan, and three grandchildren, Aidan and Toby Rybicki, and Gus Holtan.

Born in England in 1933, Verena was brought up in India, where her father, William Stanley Morgan was a doctor with the British army, who was for a few years posted to Tibet. In 1937 Verena and her mother visited him there briefly, a rarity, since Tibet was not normally open to Westerners. For many years Verena had the distinction of being the earliest Western visitor to Tibet still alive. For this she was honored at a special meeting with the Dalai Lama in New York in 2009.

In 1944 she returned to England from India, where she lived in Reading and Chesterfield. After her training at Dorset House School of Occupational Therapy in Oxford in 1956, she immigrated to the US, working at Mass Mental Health Center until her marriage to George Rybicki in 1963. She went on to get her BA degree at Boston University in 1972 and her MS degree in special education at Lesley University in 1975. She taught special education in the Lexington Schools until 1981, and then ran her own private tutoring practice until retiring in 1998.

Verena had a passion for writing and quilting, which she combined by writing nearly forty articles for quilting magazines and by writing a book, Visions and Voices, a history of her quilt guild, Quilters' Connection. She also was the editor for her father's memoir, Amchi Sahib: A British Doctor in Tibet 1936-37.

ARRANGEMENTS: Verena's memorial service will be held at Brooksby Village at a later date. Assisting the family with the arrangements is the Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St. (Rte. 62) Danvers. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit

Condolence & Memory Journal

We were saddened to read of Verena's death. George and Verena befriended my wife Isabel and I when newly arrived from Hobart Tasmania, they were our host family before settling into housing in Cambridge. We remember Verena's great kindness and infectious good will and regret that we lost contact after moving away from Boston.
We send George and their children our love and best wishes and were very pleased but sad that we were able to find her obituary on here.

Posted by Timothy Hurburgh - Melbourne Australia   January 25, 2020

I have fond memories of Mrs. Rybicki who was a loving mother to Stephen and Sarah. As a friend of Stephen's, I remember her as a wonderful hostess and a strong positive influence on the family. Sincere condolences to Mr. Rybicki, Stephen and Sarah.

Posted by David Otte - MA   January 03, 2020

I have many fond memories of Verena during her time of volunteering at the AGM Library and the day my family and I spent with her in Lexington. My deepest sympathies and condolences to her family. Philip R. Conley, Director of Library Services, retired.

Posted by Philip Conley - Stoughton, MA - Coworker   December 15, 2019

In fond memory of Mrs Rybicki, known to me as Dr William Morgan's daughter and biographer. That biography is one of most informative and enjoyable works in the field of modern Tibetan and colonial history and I am forever grateful to Verena for her generosity in gifting me a copy. My condolences to the family. Prof. Alex McKay: Belbora NSW, Australia.

Posted by Alex McKay - Retired to Australia - Coworker   December 12, 2019

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