CYNTHIA JOY MILLS
Cynthia Joy Mills, 67, of Takoma Park, MD, died May 1, 2014, at Montgomery Hospice's Casey House after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Cindy, was the wife of Sean P. McCormally, mother of Brenda (McCormally) Nardone, of Arlington, VA, and grandmother of Natalie and Eve Nardone. She is also survived by her sister, Judith Conahan, of Groton, MA.
Born in Detroit, MI, on February 28, 1947, Cindy began her career as a journalist
in New York City after graduating from the University of Michigan
. She moved to Washington, DC, in 1973 and worked for UPI until returning to school in 1985 to earn her Masters and PhD in Art History from the University of Maryland. In 1999, she was named Executive Editor of American Art, the academic journal of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and for many years coordinated SAAM's fellowship program. She retired in 2011 and was named a Smithsonian Historian Emeritus. She lectured widely in the US and abroad, and published numerous papers and essay collections. She finished her book, Beyond Grief: Sculpture and Wonder in the Gilded Age Cemetery (publication September 2014), during her illness and saw the final proofs just weeks before her death.
Cindy was a lover of animals, especially her horse, Tinker, who gave her over 30 years of friendship. She also had a passion for teaching English to speakers of other languages. In her final years, Cindy and Sean spent many months in Paris, enjoying life in the city, admiring its artistic marvels, and traveling.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on May 16 at All Souls Church Unitarian, 1500 Harvard St. NW. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to All Souls, Montgomery Hospice (MD) or SAAM's Research Fellows Program.