Fredlyn “Fredi” Kovitch Solod


Solod, Fredlyn Kovitch “Fredi,” 89, of Hallworth House, died Monday, March 26, 2018 at Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center of complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. Born in Brockton, MA, 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, TN. Her columns were later collected in a book entitled “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 right, 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 her beloved Providence from Tennessee so that she could be closer to the ocean she adored, she joined the Development Office of Brown University, beginning as a proposal writer and becoming Director of Publications before her retirement.

Solod was a lifetime 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 solo 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, GA, Margo Solod (wife, Deborah Miranda) of Lexington, VA and Nina Solod Brodeur (husband, Mark), of Cuttyhunk, MA. She is also survived by her sisters Seena Kovitch Dittelman of Warwick and Laya Kovitch of Harwich, MA, 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, TN.

Funeral services will be held TODAY, Wednesday, at 10:00 a.m. in SHALOM MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1100 New London Ave., Cranston. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 245 Waterman St., #306, Providence, RI 02906.  Shiva will be observed at Tamarisk, 3 Shalom Drive, Warwick, on Wednesday from 3-6 p.m.


  1. Cindy Trobaugh
    Mar 28, 2018

    My condolences. Freddie always meant a lot to me and I give her a lot of credit in helping me shape my life. She was a wonderful person.

  2. Fay Andrews
    Mar 28, 2018

    Oh my, what wonderful memories I have of Fredi. She made us so welcome when we moved to Morristown. She was a joy to watch on stage and I truly loved it when Doug could join her in a play.
    What a shame that this horrible disease took away her memories of her years here. She will not be forgotten.

  3. Dotty Licht
    Mar 29, 2018

    My deep condolences. I knew Fredi in so many ways. I knew her
    Mother in the old Jewish community; as a neighbor up the
    street; as a dedicated worker for the Rhode Island Philharmonic
    and so many organizations we were both in; and as a travel
    companion on trips to China and Australia.
    I had great respect for the way she led her life and great sadness
    for her long illness.
    Sincere sympathy

  4. Linda Foutch
    Mar 30, 2018

    Morristown was diminished when Fredi left, and the world is diminished by her absence. Her vitality, engagement, and positive energy were inspirational. We were deeply saddened to read of her disease and death, and our thoughts and prayers are with you Lisa, Margo, and Nina and with your families.

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