Claire Lonsdale obituary (2021) – Worcester, MA

Claire Glennon Lonsdale of Westminster, St. Augustine, FL, widow of the late Professor Richard C. Lonsdale and widow of the late Professor Vincent J. Glennon, passed away September 28, 2021. Professor Lonsdale was one of the first to to promote among teachers and parents an understanding of the syndrome first called hyperkinesia and now known as ADHD. She interviewed renowned pediatric psychiatrist Dr Sydney Laufer whose groundbreaking studies established that attention disorder has long been a poorly understood, undiagnosed and untreated problem. She has published an early and widely used research summary, “Managing Hyperkinetic Behavior in the Classroom” (May 74 The Reading Teacher). Also an expert in dyslexia, learning styles and handwriting, she consulted Learning Matters of Cape Cod. She taught at the University of South Florida and was a reading director in Coventry and Colchester, CT. She has worked with teachers to diagnose and correct early learning and the behavioral issues that accompany it on an ongoing basis. She believed and demonstrated with the teachers she trained: “Anyone, at any age, can learn if we find a way to teach it. The oldest client who turned to her and her late husband for help was a very successful 71-year-old Bostonian who had built a small wholesale clothing empire despite being severely dyslexic and dyscalculic. She called the circumstance the “tip of the iceberg” with many people of all ages struggling needlessly because early diagnosis and remediation in school were not available or inadequate. She was born in Boston. At 15, she was a valedictorian in her high school class at Pepperell and at 19 in her graduating class at Fitchburg State College. She taught at intermediate levels in Shrewsbury, MA before joining the Rinehart Handwriting System. She became the director of training for the large staff of teachers who oversaw handwriting from Grades 1 to 16, traveling to over 100 New England towns and villages. She completed graduate studies at Boston University, Syracuse University and the University of Connecticut where she received the J. Louis Cooper Fellowship and where she obtained her Masters and CAGS. She was a certified school psychologist and reading specialist / consultant. While living in Syracuse, Ms. Lonsdale was Director of the United Fund and Volunteer Center, Vice President of the League of Women Voters, President of the Syracuse University Women’s Club, and President of the Parent Teachers’ Organization in Fayetteville. She was a member of the Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society, the International Reading Association, the Council for Exceptional Children and the International Dyslexia Society. She is survived by her loving family: her sons John R. Glennon of West Yarmouth, MA and David A. Glennon of Woodstock CT, her stepson William J. Lonsdale of Hillsdale, NY, her granddaughters Caitlin Glennon Collige and Meghan L. Glennon; grandsons Michael V. Glennon Esq., SSgt. Patrick J. Glennon – ANG, and Sam Lonsdale; great-grandson William H. Collige; brother James F. Andrews of Lyman ME, sister-in-law Kathleen Andrews of Port Orange, FL, and their families. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at Athy Memorial Home in Worchester, MA. Interment will follow at St. Johns Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Westminster Appreciation Fund, 225 Towerview Dr., St. Augustine, FL 32092 St. Johns Family Funeral Home and Crematory and Athy Memorial Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Posted by Hartford Courant on October 10, 2021.

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