Kathryn LeGrande Lundstrom, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully on May 18, 2023 surrounded by her family.
Born and raised in Daytona Beach, Florida, Kathy graduated from Seabreeze High School in 1953. Upon graduation, Kathy attended Wesleyan College in Macon, GA from 1953-1955. After Wesleyan, Kathy went on to earn an AB in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). At UNC, Kathy was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority, President of the campus YWCA and an officer in the UNC Student Government. Recognized for her academic achievements and community service, Kathy was selected to two of UNC’s most prestigious orders – The Order of the Valkyries (scholarship and leadership) and The Order of the Old Well (service). She was a member of the graduating class of 1957.
She met her husband, Kenneth Wallace Lundstrom, in Chapel Hill in 1957. They married in Daytona Beach in 1958 and returned to Chapel Hill for Ken’s PhD from 1959 to 1964. During this time, Kathy taught school at Northern High School in Durham, NC.
That first teaching job was the beginning of a life-long career as a devoted teacher, educator, and steward of academia. She held various positions throughout a career that spanned from the mid-1960’s into the 2000’s, but perhaps her favorite was as a Latin teacher at the Tatnall School in Wilmington, DE and at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, TN. She loved the classroom and loved her students … and judging by the number of presents her students gave her at the end of each school year, they loved her right back.
Kathy decided to retire in 1991 when she and her husband relocated from Nashville, TN to Durham, NC. Not surprisingly, retirement was short-lived. Itching to ‘do something’, Kathy decided to teach part-time at a newly founded school in Durham, named the Trinity School. Two short years later, in 1993, Kathy was appointed Head of School. In this role, Kathy guided the school through a pivotal restructuring period that paved the way for what is now the Triangle Day School (TDS). She revamped the curriculum to a K-8 format, developed relationships with local community leaders, and secured funding for a campus and facility expansion that would usher in a new era for what is now recognized as one of the premier middle schools in Durham, NC. Her legacy continues to live on at TDS through The Kathy Lundstrom Award. An award that is presented each year to “the one student, above all others, who exemplifies what a Triangle Day School graduate should be”.
Outside of the classroom, Kathy’s passion for community service and involvement was never ending. She was a church elder, a Sunday school teacher, and a youth leader; She was the President of the New Neighbor League (Nashville, TN), President of the Dunbarton Home Owner’s Association (Durham, NC), a docent at Winterthur Museum (Wilmington, DE), and a volunteer tutor at the OASIS Youth Center (Nashville, TN).
In her spare time, she never missed a Carolina Basketball game, was a passionate antique collector, a talented interior designer, a voracious reader of history, an avid tennis player, a devoted ‘hockey mom’ to three sons, and the best ‘silly milly’ to her 4 grandchildren.
Kathy is survived by her Husband, Kenneth W. Lundstrom, Ph.D. at home; sons William K. Lundstrom (Kelly), Wilmington, DE; W. Scott Lundstrom (Blythe Anne) Wilmington, DE; Jeffrey P. Lundstrom (Debbie), Newtown, CT; sister, Nancy LeGrande Hayes (Nathaniel deceased) and her 3 children (Nat, LeGrande, Lucia), Greensboro, NC; grandchildren Olivia, William, Austin (Savanah and daughter Hollie), and Denver Lundstrom; Brooke Kazlauskas (Steven) and Summer Pisacich.
A memorial service will be held at Chandler Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 with visitation from 11:00am to 12:00pm and services beginning at 12:00pm.
Memorials are suggested to: Triangle Day School, 4911 Neal Road, Durham, NC 27705.