In Memoriam: Karen Gallup "KG" Lloyd


The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution notes with deep sorrow the death on December 22, 2009, of Life Trustee and Honorary Member, Karen G. “KG” Lloyd.  KG served as a Trustee from 1990 to 1996, was elected an Honorary Trustee (now known as Life Trustee) in 1996, and also served as a Member of the Corporation from 1989 to 1995 before election as an Honorary Member.  She was a member of the Education Committee from 1990 to 2000.  In the early 1990s, Ms. Lloyd graciously opened her home to host Science Sunday outreach events, bringing WHOI and the community closer together.   

Karen Gallup Lloyd was born October 18, 1924 in London, England.  Ms. Lloyd was the daughter of the late Demarest Lloyd, journalist and publisher, and the late Katharine (Nordell) Lloyd, who donated much of the present Demarest Lloyd State Park property in South Dartmouth; she was the last grandchild of the late Henry Demarest Lloyd, noted social reformer of Chicago, Illinois.  KG attended Vassar and Colorado College, and she received honorary degrees from Southeastern Massachusetts University and Colorado College.  

In her early adult life, KG was a cattle rancher in Colorado, taught kindergarten, and also worked as a volunteer in publicity for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).  In 1978, KG donated a house that she built, along with 55 acres of land, to the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust in memory of her late mother, thereby founding the Lloyd Center for the Environment in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.  KG had also served as President of Wingwalker Initiatives and was Trustee Emeritus of Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford.  She had served as a Director of the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Foundation, and was a founding member and former Director of SENSES.  

KG, an avid supporter of education and the environment, was a classical pianist, photographer, hunter, pilot of single engine and glider aircraft, student of yoga, patron of the arts, and practitioner of Christian Science.  She loved the outdoors, and her main passion was to enjoy nature and observe animal life.  

Ms. Lloyd resided in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.  KG is survived by two children: Laura Bross Carey and Stephen Demarest Rath; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and five step children.  She is predeceased by two daughters: Lynn Trayser and Christina Nordell Rath.  KG’s niece, Victoria “Vickie” (Russell) Cunningham, is a WHOI Member of the Corporation.


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