Deborah Cantor Glasser died on the morning of July 19. She was 100 and had led a fulfilling life.

She grew up in Patchogue, L.I., with her brother Jack. She graduated from Duke University in the 1930s, when very few women went there, and went on to graduate work at Smith College. She interrupted her career to marry Joe Glasser of Springfield and moved to Natick, where they raised their two boys, William and Jeffrey.

When the boys were in college, Deborah went back to school and completed her graduate work at Boston University’s School of Social Work in the turbulent 1960s where she enjoyed an occasional run-in on campus with her son William.

Deb and Joe moved to Andover where Joe built the Raytheon plant and ran the space and information systems division. She worked at the Lawrence Community Center as a social worker, always interested helping those in need. An early member of the League of Women Voters, she made time to inform and educate in the value of community participation. She was a champion of women’s rights and tolerance on all levels.

In her early days, winter weekends were often spent up at Mt. Snow and in the Andover years, in Waterville Valley, where snow skiing was replaced by cross country. After retirement, she and Joe spent winters in Boca Raton where Deb could be seen heartily swimming almost every morning.

She was an early member at Farm Neck Golf Club and played golf well into her 90s. After many years of summering on the Vineyard she moved to Hidden Cove in Oak Bluffs and became a beloved member of the Vineyard community. She volunteered at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital gift shop and lived out her last days at home under her own steam with help from her son Jeff and many friends of all ages with whom she kept lucid and meaningful counsel right up to the end. Well into her 90s, she continued her desire to be of service. When asked on her 100th birthday what she wanted, she said she hoped for a better future for all of us.

A graveside service was held on July 22 at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Cemetery in Vineyard Haven. A memorial service will be planned for a later date.

Donations be made to the Farm Neck Foundation, P.O. Box 1656, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557,