MARY C. COCKRILL


 
 

MARY CATHERINE COCKRILL "Cathy" (Age 83)  

Transitioned on June 21, 2014. She was the fifth of six children born to the late Mary and Ray Cockrill of what was then rural Fairfax County. Cathy grew up working on the family farm and excelling at school athletics. She graduated from James Madison University and held a Master's degree from George Washington University. Cathy was an educator in Fairfax County for more than 30 years. She began as a high school teacher and girls' athletic coach, became a guidance counselor, and then an administrator as Director of Guidance at Langley High School in McLean. Cathy was also a national pioneer in the field of Career Education. She developed the K-12 curriculum for Fairfax County and became the first Director of Career Education. As a lifelong advocate for social justice she was enthusiastic about women's rights, gay rights and racial equality. When she moved from NoVA to Long Island in 1992 she joined the Long Island NAACP. As its Education Chairperson she achieved her goal of making equal access to computer literacy available to all students. In 2011 Cathy moved to The Villages, FL where she joined longtime friends from Northern Virginia. She also happily embraced new friends and was known for her skills at golf and her generous spirit. Cathy was an unassuming and unpretentious leader. She led by example. She did not preach values, she lived them. She is survived by her brother Richard (Bobbi) Cockrill of Purcellville, VA and many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. She will be deeply missed by her longtime friends from the Washington, DC area and Long Island. A Celebration of her Life is planned for a later time. Donations in Cathy's memory may be made to Cornerstone Hospice, Smile Train or a .



Published in The Washington Post on June 25, 2014