Lydia Ryan Galton
Known by many as a renaissance woman for her diverse talents, dynamic nature and promoter of community citizenship, Lydia Galton, a retired publishing executive and founding member of the Collier Citizen Council, died peacefully in her home on June 24th surrounded by her loving family. She is survived by her son Edward Galton and his wife Sarah of London; her daughter Maggie Galton and her husband Andrei Nicolayevsky of Mexico City; her step daughters Jean Galton and her husband Ron Pellegrino of Seattle and Beth Galton and her husband Fred Phelps of New York City. She adored her grandchildren: Ben, Nora, Claire, Sofia, Katya and Nadia. Her loving husband of 49 years Jim E. Galton predeceased her last June.
Lydia was born in Bayonne, New Jersey on January 9th 1939 to Thomas and Lillian Ryan. She graduated from Fordham University in New York in 1961 and rapidly grew in a career of Publishing starting out as a researcher for the Encyclopedia of World Art (1961- 63 in New York 1965 -1966 in Rome). Later she worked as an editor at New American Library (1976 -1978), T.Y Crowell (1978 -1989) and McGraw Hill Book Company (1980-1983). She was the Subsidiary Rights Director at Little Brown Publishing (1983 -1988) and headed her own Literary Agency in the late 1980's through the early 1990's.
She and her husband moved to Naples part time in 1993 and in 2001 they became permanent residents. She was highly active in the Naples community. Her civic involvement included: President of Naples Garden Club, President of the League of Women Voters of Collier County, Director of LWV Florida, Director of Leadership Collier Foundation of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, Graduate of Greater Naples Leadership (Class X) and Community Services Committee member. She was a certified National Garden Club Flower Show Judge, Chairman of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs Judges Council (District IX). and a sharp bridge player.
She shared a wonderful marriage with her husband Jim. Before Naples they divided their time between New York and Sherman, Connecticut. In New York, she and her husband enjoyed Broadway musicals and the tunes of piano bars. Connecticut was a special place for Lydia, it was where she and her husband spent time with their children outdoors, working in their beautiful gardens, playing long matches of tennis and entertaining friends, something she loved and did impeccably with great flair. As a couple they shared a passion for travel, Asian art, architecture, gardens and books. Lastly, Lydia was always known for her incredible personal style and energy, she was always the life of the party.
Her family thanks Marina Rodriguez and Maritza Mc Coy for their great care of Lydia during her final months of life.
A Memorial will be held on Wednesday June 27, 4:00-6:00PM in Kapnick Hall at Naples Botanical Garden.
In leiu of flowers, Lydia requested Memorial contributions be made in her name to Naples Botanical Garden at 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples,FL 34112. (239)643-7275
Published in Naples Daily News on Jun. 27, 2018.