[CT Birds] Sad news
closcalz at optonline.net
Wed Jul 13 22:59:14 EDT 2016
Carol Bedworth, a long-time member of the CT birding community, has passed
away. Her obituary, as it will appear in the New Haven Register, follows:
Carol Bedworth of Woodbridge, avid birder, teacher, outdoor enthusiast,
mother, gardener and quilter, died of natural causes on July 3 at the age of
Throughout her life, Carol passionately pursued a variety of interests, of
which birding was always a high priority. Traveling thousands of miles each
year in pursuit of a wayward Siberian Smew in Penobscot Bay, taking
excursions with the Puffin Patrol, or chasing a Calliope Hummingbird in the
Rio Grande, Carol and Griff, her surviving husband of over 72 years, enjoyed
being outdoors in all kinds of weather, and sharing their experiences with
Born on Christmas Day, 1921, in Davenport, IA, Carol grew up in Middlebury,
CT and attended Crosby High School; at the tender age of 16, she
matriculated at Cornell University, which her father Frederick Bronson
Williams, Jr., also attended. After two years, she transferred to Duke
University, in part to help build up the Delta Delta Delta sorority, and
graduated with a degree in biochemistry. During the Second World War, she
worked at Walter Reed Army Hospital, marrying in 1944 and moving to New
Milford and then to 35 Deer Run Road in Woodbridge in 1950, where she and
Griff raised two boys, Griffith Bronson (a decorated helicopter pilot who
died in Vietnam in 1967) and Nicholas Taylor of Hawaii. A cousin, Barbara
Payne, resides in Middlebury, CT.
Carol also completed an additional Bachelor's degree in Education, and spent
several years teaching kindergarten and second grade at the Center School in
Woodbridge. She eventually obtained a Master's in Mathematics Education,
also from Southern Connecticut State University.
In the Town of Woodbridge, Carol attended the First Church of Christ for
decades, and together with her husband Griff, devoted years of labor and
love to developing three large organic plots in the Community Garden nearby.
Always inquisitive, Carol absorbed books and pored over each day's edition
of the New York Times. Little escaped her attention, including whimsical
activities such as the annual Pumpkin Fest and Regatta in Damariscotta, ME.
While very much embedded in the "old school" way of thinking, her active
mind was constantly inquiring into the ongoing affairs of the world,
technology, nature and history, which she regarded as both instructive and
mystifying, in equal measure.
A memorial activity is being planned. To her many loyal friends, the family
expresses their appreciation and thanks for their personal efforts, love and
constant support in recent years.
More information about the CTBirds