Thursday, September 26, 2002

Obituary: Katharine Thomas Nyce, arts advocate


Volunteer helped found Nature Center

By Rebecca Billman, rbillman@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        INDIAN HILL — Katharine Thomas Nyce, a founding member of the Cincinnati Nature Center and member of the Cincinnati Symphony and Opera associations, died Monday on her 95th birthday.

        She was married 65 years to Fletcher E. Nyce, former CEO of the Central Trust Co., until his death five years ago. Mrs. Nyce was able to remain independent and in her Indian Hill home until her death.

        Fascinated by nature, she enjoyed watching birds and observing the planting and growing seasons. She was well-read and kept up with world events until the end.

        “She was witty and vibrant to the last and maintained an active interest in the lives of all those around her,” said her daughter, Barbey Nyce Dougherty of Albany, N.Y.

        In her younger days, Mrs. Nyce was heavily involved in the Symphony Association, serving on its advisory board and as president of its Women's Committee.

        A member of several garden clubs, she was especially proud of having helped found the Nature Center.

        Mrs. Nyce was born in Reading, Pa., graduated from Westover School in Middlebury, Conn. and attended Columbia University. She also traveled extensively through Europe, studying the architecture in Italy, France and Spain.

        “She had a tremendous energy and loved a party,” said another daughter, Cornelia Nyce Kittredge of Kennebunkport, Maine. “She was interested in all sorts of people, believed in being a good citizen and had high standards for herself and others and instilled those values in her family.”

        Mrs. Nyce was also a member of the Civic Garden Center, the Town and Country Garden Club, the Indian Hill Garden Club and the Camargo Club.

        In addition to her daughters, survivors include a sister, Mary Thomas Adams of La Jolla, Calif.; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

        A memorial service is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Indian Hill Church, 6000 Drake Road..

        Memorials: Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, 45150.

       



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