NEW YORK, N.Y. — Katherine Lois Hendry, EdD, 79, passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at St Luke’s Hospital, after a sudden heart attack.
Dr. Hendry was born August 21, 1943, in Waycross to the late Earl Dudley Hendry, DDS, and Christine Callaway Hendry.
She was a graduate in 1961 of Waycross High School and has been a loyal classmate returning to their many reunions through the years.
Dr. Hendry studied applied Music-Voice and earned her under-graduate degree from Florida State University remaining an ardent football fan of the Seminoles. You most likely would find her on fall Saturdays joining a group of younger FSU fans in NYC to root their guys on. The regulars named her “Mama Nole.”
She moved to New York City in the late 1960’s to study Music Education/Voice at Teachers College, Columbia University, earning a Doctorate in Education while being employed full time in the Career Development Office at Barnard College.
Dr. Hendry taught private voice lessons and was also a professional singer with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity.
Her natural gift and love of music allowed her to both enjoy and participate in many of the other opportunities in the arts available in the City she loved so dearly.
Survivors include her son, Hunter Hendry Piermont, DDS (Alison) and their sons Jackson Piermont and Charlie Piermont, Holly Springs, N.C.; sisters, Emily Hendry Aguirre of Blackshear and Rosalind Hendry Eskew (Bob) of Waycross; brother, Earl Dudley Hendry, Jr. (Brenda) of Blackshear; as well as numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins who were all dear to her.
A memorial service for Dr. Hendry will be held in Blackshear this summer and in NYC in the fall. Locations and dates will be published at a later date.
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