In Memoriam - Alice Lott

Alice Lott

Washington Post, Feb. 28, 2009

   



LOTT ALICE , 86, died Wednesday, February. 25, 2009. Alice Katherine Matthews was born in Tarentum PA, the daughter of the late James and Grace Matthews. She attended Allegheny College for two years before transferring to Syracuse University where she received a Masters of Education in 1944. Prior to starting a high school teaching position in NY she married her high school sweetheart, Lt. Alva Gerald (Gerry) Smith before his overseas Air Force duty in WWII. Tragically, his plane was shot down over Romania in early 1945. Alice returned to Syracuse in 1946 and began working towards a PhD in Social Studies while completing a unique program which prepared women for college administration. Rather than accepting an offer as Dean of Women at a mid-western college, Alice married Fred E. Lott, a fellow Syracuse student, in 1948. The couple settled in the Northern Virginia area where Alice began a 25-year career as a guidance counselor, 20 years of which were at Yorktown HS in Arlington VA where she was also the Keyette Club sponsor. She was elected as one of the early presidents of the Arlington Evening Optimists. Alice was an active member of Walker Chapel Methodist Church and especially enjoyed helping with the yearly Oktoberfest and with the youth group and their ministers. In 2002 Alice and Fred moved from their home in McLean VA to the Park Springs retirement community in Stone Mountain GA. Alice loved to paint in oil with a group of cherished friends. She also dearly loved the evenings spent with bridge club and theater group friends. She relished travel, both foreign and domestic, but most of all she loved being with her family and watching her grandchildren grow into adults. Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Fred Lott; her son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Marie Lott of Atlanta GA; her grandchildren, Stephen and Elizabeth Lott; her sister and brother-in-law, Bette and Robert Charlton of Fairfax VA; her nephews, Robert and James Charlton and their families. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Drama or Turban Ministry at Oak Grove Methodist Church, 1722 Oak Grove Road, Decatur GA, 30033. A memorial service will be held at Walker Chapel Methodist Church in Arlington VA at a later date.while completing a unique program which prepared women for college administration. Rather than accepting an offer as Dean of Women at a mid-western college, Alice married Fred E. Lott, a fellow Syracuse student, in 1948. The couple settled in the Northern Virginia area where Alice began a 25-year career as a guidance counselor, 20 years of which were at Yorktown HS in Arlington VA where she was also the Keyette Club sponsor. She was elected as one of the early presidents of the Arlington Evening Optimists. Alice was an active member of Walker Chapel Methodist Church and especially enjoyed helping with the yearly Oktoberfest and with the youth group and their ministers. In 2002 Alice and Fred moved from their home in McLean VA to the Park Springs retirement community in Stone Mountain GA. Alice loved to paint in oil with a group of cherished friends. She also dearly loved the evenings spent with bridge club and theater group friends. She relished travel, both foreign and domestic, but most of all she loved being with her family and watching her grandchildren grow into adults. Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Fred Lott; her son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Marie Lott of Atlanta GA; her grandchildren, Stephen and Elizabeth Lott; her sister and brother-in-law, Bette and Robert Charlton of Fairfax VA; her nephews, Robert and James Charlton and their families. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Drama or Turban Ministry at Oak Grove Methodist Church, 1722 Oak Grove Road, Decatur GA, 30033. A memorial service will be held at Walker Chapel Methodist Church in Arlington VA at a later date.