Muriel Hart died on June 24, 2021, at Pilgrim Manor Convalescent Home in Cromwell, CT. Born October 21, 1925 in Norwich, CT, she was the daughter of John and Lucy Bishop Hart. After graduation from the Norwich Free Academy, she attended Connecticut College for Women, receiving a B.A. and membership in Phi Beta Kappa. Later she received her M.A. and sixth year diploma from the University of Connecticut.
Miss Hart taught in the Norwich Free Academy history department for eleven years before transferring to the guidance department, which she later chaired for fifteen years following a few years at the Edwin O. Smith School in Storrs, CT. At N.F.A., she had responsibility for the Advanced Placement Programs and the University of CT Cooperative Program. She wrote the $10,000 grant received from the State of CT to establish a Career Center and introduce career education into the curriculum. While in the classroom, she was the adviser to the National Honor Society and co-adviser to the Intercultural Committee. Professionally, she was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary teaching society, and served as secretary of the Connecticut Social Studies Association. Later she was active in several professional associations.
A member of Christ Episcopal Church, Miss Hart, in 1960, was one of two women elected to the vestry for the first time. Work on numerous committees followed including three Search Committees and the Special Committee to redesign the church following a chemical explosion nearby. She later served as Jr. Warden and as head of the Seabury Deanery.
In retirement, she continued to enjoy travel, elder hostels, theater, concerts, gardening and, above all, friends. Activities included development work for Connecticut College, state secretary for Church Women United, board membership for Friends of Slater Museum and the Founders of Norwich, docent for the Heffingwell Inn, membership in the Fortnightly Study Club, mini courses at the Center for Retirement at the University of Connecticut, Bible study, ecumenical events and serving at Sunday community dinners.
In 2002, she moved to Covenant Village of Cromwell where she continued to enjoy her interests including current events. She served in the gift shop, library and on the environmental and transportation committees until health needs prevented many activities, she was still able to continue to enjoy her Charter Oak Study Group.
Miss Hart is survived by many cousins spread across several states. There will be no calling hours. A grave-side service will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice or to the CVOC Benevolent Fund, 52 Missionary Rd, Cromwell, CT 06416. Cromwell Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit www.doolittlefuneralservice.com.
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