Carolyn Hackman: 1926-2012
Carolyn Hackman, 86, passed away Jan. 5, 2012. Beloved daughter of the late George H. Hackman and Alma Donnelli Hackman, teacher in the Clayton School District for 35 years, and teacher in St. Louis Public Schools for three years. Carolyn was a graduate of Harris Teacher’s College with a degree in education, and a graduate of Northwestern University, with a Master’s Degree in Music. She was known for multi-media unit training, especially in connection with the Oregon Trail and foreign study units. Carolyn enjoyed her wide travels and, after her retirement in 1985, continued an enrichment teaching program in the Clayton District. Carolyn enjoyed presenting travel logs, discussions, and lectures to encourage student reading and for senior citizen groups and community programs. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, honorary sorority for women in education, and a member of the International Music Fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon. Carolyn had a second career as a professional singer including performing as a soloist for many local churches and synagogues, and she appeared regularly on the Sunday Morning Protestant Hour on KSDK-TV. She also soloed with the St. Louis Symphony, St. Louis Little Symphony, and Bach Society, and was a member of the St. Louis Chamber Chorus and American Kantorei. Carolyn loved her mountain place and enjoyed many wonderful summers at Grand Lake, Colorado. She was an energetic resident of The Gatesworth community and its Knit-Wits group.
Consistent with her spirit, Carolyn arranged for donation of her body to Washington University School of Medicine. A Memorial Service in honor of Carolyn’s life will be held at Central Presbyterian Church, 7700 Davis Drive, Clayton, Mo. at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 15. Her cousins, Darlene Hackman Weaver and Jill Hackman Larkin, and family will greet friends at the Memorial Service. A reception will follow at the Church Hall at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to the Clayton Education Foundation (in memory of Carolyn Hackman), #2 Mark Twain Circle, Clayton, Mo. 63105.
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