COOK, KATHLEEN ELIZABETH LOUDY, 97, died peacefully at home on Lake Joanna in Eustis, FL on January 28, 2013. Kathleen was born on April 8, 1915 in Dungannon, VA to parents Clara Gray and William Henry Loudy. She was the eldest of four girls. At age ten, Kathleen and her family moved to Jacksonville, FL. She graduated from Florida Southern College in elementary school education and while there met her husband |
Newell Cook. They were married in Leesburg, FL in June 1939. They soon moved to Penn State University, where Newell completed a PhD in Chemistry. Kathleen and Newell were blessed with two children, Newell Jr. and Nancy. In 1950, the family moved to Niskayuna, NY, where Newell joined GE Research Laboratories. Kathleen started teaching at Craig Elementary School in 1952 and was promoted to Principal in 1968. For twenty five years, she was a beloved teacher and administrator who touched many children's lives, and took great pride in mentoring young educators. She and her family loved life in upstate New York camping on Lake George, touring sites of the American Revolution, and enjoying friends. She and Newell retired to Eustis, FL in 1977 to be close to family. Aside from caring for family, she spent her retirement years enjoying their life on Lake Joanna, traveling worldwide, hosting summers on the lake, participating in the League of Women Voters and Florida water conservation efforts, attending the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, and reading prolifically. To the very end, she remained politically astute and lovingly engaged with family. She was an impressive fount of memory and wisdom and will be dearly missed. She is survived by her daughter Nancy and her son-in-law Mohammad Behforouz of Muncie, Indiana, her daughter-in-law Jane Cook of St. John USVI, her grandchildren Sarah Cook, Heidi
Behforouz, Michael Behforouz and wife Mary Jane, and Kavon
Behforouz and wife Chelsea. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren Kayla, Stella, and Leila Behforouz, her sister Evelyn Willis of Lakeland, FL, and her good friend and caregiver Susan Penny. A memorial service celebrating her life will take place in Eustis in the spring. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the National Resources Defense Council, www.nrdc.org.
Published in the Orlando Sentinel on Feb. 1, 2013