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Sarah Cunningham Sumner; Noted Violinist ‘Beacon’ In U.S. Baroque Revival



Sarah Cunningham Sumner;

Noted Violinist Was ‘Beacon’

In Baroque Revival In U.S.

Sarah Cunningham Sumner

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Sarah Cunningham Sumner, a noted violinist involved in the revival of Baroque music in the United States in the 1970s, passed away Aug. 26, 2020, at the Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing.

Sarah was born on Aug. 31, 1925, in New York City and spent her childhood there and in Springfield Center. She attended Harvard at the age of 16, studying music composition with Walter Piston, matriculating magna cum laude in 1945.  She was then awarded a Harvard travelling fellowship, followed by a Fulbright scholarship to study composition in Paris with Nadia Boulanger.

It was after World War II, and she taught music at a camp in France for war orphans. Her fellow teachers, who were from France, Italy, England and the U.S., became her lifelong friends. One of them, Caroline Manning, became her sister-in-law, marrying her brother, Frederic (Ty) Cunningham.

Rodman D. Carter, M.D., 90; Longtime Bassett Urologist

Rodman D. Carter, M.D., 90;

Longtime Bassett Urologist

COOPERSTOWN – Rodman Dana Carter, M.D., a long-time surgeon at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital whose career in urology spanned over 40 years, passed away following a valiant battle with cancer Friday afternoon, Dec. 28, 2018,  at his home in Cooperstown with his family by his side. He was 90.

Born April 6, 1928, in Ashtabula, Ohio, he was a son of the Rev. Edwin R. Carter, a minister in the Congregational Church and the United Church of Christ, and Lillian Herter Carter. After graduating from high school he served his country in the Navy.

Mary Claire Kilty, 63; Leaves Father, Sister In Cooperstown

Mary Claire Kilty, 63; Leaves

Father, Sister In Cooperstown

Mary Claire Kilty

COOPERSTOWN – Mary Claire Kilty, 60, passed away Aug. 9, 2017, at home in Manhattan.  Survivors include her father and sister in Cooperstown.

“Keep enjoying life!!” was Mary’s advice to family and friends who were also dealing with a serious illness, and that is exactly how Mary lived her life. Mary passed away in her sleep; her family had visited her the day before to give her their last hugs and kisses. During her last months, Mary was surrounded by the loving care of an army of friends, neighbors, and her healthcare team at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

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