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SANTA FE, NM: Carol Paradise Decker, Andover townie and Abbot, Class of 1944, passed away Feb.24, 2015 at the age of 87.

Daughter of Scott H. Paradise of Medford, English teacher at Philips Academy (1925-1956), and Alma Sherman Eaton Paradise of Lawrence, she was raised with her brother, Scott (Andover, Class of 1946) and sister, Polly Russell (Abbot, Class of 1951) on the campus, where the available resources were formative influences for her.

She graduated from Connecticut College in 1948, received her MA in Spanish from Columbia University in 1950, spent several years living and working on community development in Mexico, in Settlement houses in England, and with migrant workers in the US.

After meeting her husband while teaching at The Verde Valley School in Sedona, Ariz., she raised her family in Norwalk, Conn. There she initiated numerous community programs, taught Spanish, graduated from Yale Divinity School in 1977, and worked in campus ministry before moving to Santa Fe, N.M. in 1980.

She spent her remaining 35 years in Santa Fe, involved in various intercultural endeavors, teaching Spanish, tour guiding for the city and at Pecos National Park, traveling, and writing. Recently, she authored three books about the Southwest, available on Amazon. She’s survived by a son, Scott of Burlington, Vt.; a daughter, Anne Lee of Santa Fe; and three grandchildren.
Published on  April 2, 2015
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