February 19, 2018
Dear Laurentian Friends,
We remember the life of Kathleen Gleason, who served St. Lawrence as secretary in the education department from 1955 to her retirement in 2001. Kathleen died on Friday, February 16, 2018 at the Canton-Potsdam Hospital after being stricken at home.
Associate Professor Emeritus of Education Jim Shuman shared memories with me:
The day I arrived on campus in 1989, Kathleen was the one who first welcomed me to the Education Department. That was literally 34 years after she had begun her work for St. Lawrence! And from that day in 1989 until she retired (and probably for all the years before I came), she never really changed. She was always polite, welcoming, and considerate - often asking about our health, our activities, and our families. She knew everyone, and she could tell you stories about the days when Atwood Hall was still the home of the Theological School (until 1963) as well as the Education Department. Remarkably, she worked in the very same room in Atwood Hall for 46 years, during which her faith, her outlook, and her dry sense of humor carried her through. There’s a plaque on the wall outside the door of that office in Atwood commemorating the years of service she provided to St. Lawrence, its students, faculty, and alumni. Those of us who knew her well will always carry fond memories of Kathleen.
Her family provided a tribute to her, which we share with you:
Calling hours will be held at the O’Leary Funeral Home, Canton on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, followed by a funeral service at 7:00 at the funeral home.
We extend sincere condolences to the friends, faculty,and alumni who remember Kathleen with gratitude and admiration. As is our custom, we have created a memorial website to collect your own memories and reflections.