Catheryn Eisenhardt

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Catheryn (Thompson) Eisenhardt

Dr. Catheryn T. Eisenhardt passed away on June 30, 2013 in Cupertino, California. She was 102 years old. Dr. Eisenhardt was born in Olyphant, Pa. on April 9, 1911.


As a teenager, Catheryn's family moved to Englewood N.J. where she graduated from New York University in 1934 with a degree in English. While at NYU, she met Emil Henry Eisenhardt and they were married September 2, 1936. Catheryn worked for the Manhattan Girl Scout Council and helped to purchase Camp Brady in NY State which functions to this day. She and Emil moved to Connecticut and then to South Orange, N.J. in 1944.


While living in New Jersey, she worked for the Short Hills Country Day School and then the Millburn-Short Hill School System teaching 5th and 6th grades at the Wyoming School. Catheryn continued her passion for teaching at Millburn High School.


After receiving her Master's Degree in English at Newark State Teacher's College in 1950, now known as Kean University, Catheryn was invited to join the faculty as a Professor of English. In 1960, Catheryn received her Doctor of Education from NYU in the field of Linguistics and published four books on Linguistics and Early Childhood Education. She moved to Sedona, Arizona upon retirement. When her husband Emil passed away in San Francisco, she moved to Los Altos, California.


On April 9, 2013 she celebrated her 102nd birthday with her family and friends.


She is survived by three children, Emil Roy and Betsy Eisenhardt of San Francisco, Carol and Bob Baldwin of Ameila Island, Florida, and Von Eisenhardt of San Francisco; by five grandchildren, Catheryn Clayborne of W. Orange, N.J., Rob and Cheryl Baldwin of Annandale NJ, Emil Jesse and Allison Eisenhardt of San Francisco, Betsy Baldwin of W. Orange, N.J., and Sarah Eisenhardt of San Francisco, and by two great grandchildren, Emil Alexander Eisenhardt and Samantha Renton Baldwin. Catheryn is also survived by her cousin and best friend, Betty Jozefecick of Los Angeles, CA, and her friend and caregiver, Maria Manzano.


Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Kean University, Morris Ave., Union, NJ 07083


Published in San Francisco Chronicle from July 18 to July 21, 2013
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