Audrey Pauline Thorne, a 65-year member of the Greater New York Links, transitioned into eternal rest May 2 at her home on La Guardia Place in lower Manhattan.
She was born Oct. 20, 1918, in Mahaica, Guyana. Thorne left Mahaica to attend Trinity High School in Georgetown, Guyana. After graduation, she was accepted into St. Joseph’s Convent, also in Georgetown, for further studies and later attended business and secretarial school in Georgetown.
In 1940, she met her dashing young man, Duncan J. Vivian Thorne, and in 1942, they united in marriage. Thorne and her husband came to the United States in 1944, where her husband pursued further studies in dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania and she studied at Pohs Institute in New York while working with an insurance company on Wall Street. She obtained her license in real estate and was a successful real estate broker.
Both Thorne and her husband were known to be gracious hosts. Their home was always open to entertain family, friends and numerous dignitaries. Duncan Thorne passed in 1996.
Throughout her life, Thorne believed in helping others achieve a better life for themselves and their families. She was active in many civil, cultural and community organizations, including the Utopia Children’s Day Care Center, where she served as a treasurer for 17 years. She was an active member of the Dental Wives Auxiliary, serving as president for four years. It was doing her tenure as president that the Auxiliary raised funds for a school for troubled boys.
Thorne was also a charter member of the Bands of Steel, a group dedicated to giving underprivileged children a chance to use their musical skills in an organized manner.
In 1950, Thorne became a member of the Links. The mission of this organization is to enhance the quality of life in the larger community where members reside. She served as treasurer and president, as well as chairman of the organization’s Easter fundraising event. She dedicated herself to goals and was actively involved in all program facets of the organization. She and her husband were social activists who cared about people and were deeply committed to many civic engagements, providing meaningful service to help others.
Thorne was also an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in the city of New York for more than 20 years.
A viewing will be held at the Walter B. Cooke Funeral Home, located at 352 E. 87th St., between Second and Third avenues, Thursday, June 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 12 at First Presbyterian Church, located at Fifth Avenue and 12th Street in Manhattan, at 10 a.m.