In Memoriam: Kathy Lattimore
A consummate educator, egalitarian intellectual, and lover of books, theater, and film, Lecturer Kathy Lattimore constantly challenged her students to engage critically with the media they consumed and the world in which they lived. Her long-time activism for education, peace, and social justice informed her teaching practice and the assignments that she created for students in her Cortland honors program courses, writing for social studies courses, and writing studies courses.
Kathy was a frequent visitor to legislators in their local and Albany offices to advocate for public education at all levels. She was the VOTE-COPE representative for our Cortland chapter of United University Professions, and a familiar face at UUP events and actions, both locally and statewide. She attended NYSUT Representative Assemblies annually with her husband Guy, chapter president of his NYSUT local.
In her role as Director of the Writing Fellows program, Kathy also
revealed her passion as a lifelong learner, auditing the INT210:Theory
and Practice of Tutoring course and embracing new ideas about learning, teaching, and tutoring in order to establish the background knowledge necessary to train and guide the work of the Writing Fellows. Despite ongoing fiscal uncertainties, she diligently recruited, prepared, and supported Fellows and the faculty members with whom they worked.
As a member of the College Writing Committee, she provided key insights into the struggles of ESL learners, asked important questions about the role of writing in critical thinking, brought her critical intellect to bear in expressing concerns about new teacher-testing schemes, and helped to judge the annual College Writing contest.
Perhaps the most singular thing about Kathy, however, was how deeply she cared about others- her family, her students, and her colleagues could not have asked for a better or more dedicated loved one, teacher, or friend. She was always willing to go out of her way to meet people where they were in their lives and their learning without judgment, and help them devise ways to help themselves.”
Kathy is profoundly missed.