Cynthia Carson Colman

Colman, Cynthia Carson

Cynthia Carson Colman, born October 12th, 1928 in Clay County, KS, the daughter of writer Velma Carson, died of cancer in her home September 8th, 2013. While growing up in Washington, DC and suburban Long Island, Cynthia's roots stayed in Kansas, where she graduated from the College of Emporia ("C. of E. Fights") in 1950. After several years with the publisher Prentice Hall in NYC, Cynthia went on to receive her MA degree from Cornell in 1955. She began teaching English literature and creative writing in Western Kansas, then four years at Marlboro Public School and subsequently the Storm King School of the Hudson Valley. She taught two years of Freshman English at Cornell University. Best of all was Cynthia's nineteen-year teaching adventure, which began in 1974 when she helped open (along with her fellow part-time colleagues) the Lehman Alternative Community School with 65 students. Cynthia's husband of 56 years, Gould Colman, continues along with their son Jefferson Colman and his wife Diane Colman of Ithaca, their daughter Abigail Colman Cleary and her husband Robert Cleary, and their grandchildren Emma and Rosa Cleary of Cortland. Cynthia's students, colleagues, and other friends are invited to join her family in celebrating her presence among us at the LACS yurt near the Colman home, 140 Updike Rd., Ithaca, around 2 p.m. on her birthday, October 12th, 2013.

Published in Ithaca Journal on Sept. 11, 2013