Carolyn Mae <I>McCaffrey</I> Bates

Carolyn Mae McCaffrey Bates

Woodbury, Gloucester County, New Jersey, USA
Death 5 Jun 2001 (aged 61)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Clarksboro, Gloucester County, New Jersey, USA
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Carolyn McCaffrey Bates, 61, a dedicated Rowan University employee and union member, died of liver failure Tuesday at the Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia.
She had lived in Mickleton since 1986 and previously in Glassboro for 21 years. She was born in Woodbury and raised in Mickleton.
Mrs. Bates, the former Carolyn Toughill, was assistant director of the Office of Professional Laboratory Experiences, now the Office of Field Experiences, at Rowan's College of Education from 1996 until retiring a year ago. She helped place sophomores and juniors in the workplace for practical experience, and had worked in that office since 1985.
She began working at the Glassboro college in 1961 in the Bozorth Campus Demonstration School and then for the Bozorth Early Childhood Demonstration Center, a national model for integrating handicapped and non handicapped preschool children.
"She was known throughout the campus," said Robert Kern, director of the Office of Field Experiences. "My first impression of her was that she really cared about the students and would go out of her way for them."
Active in Local 2373 of the American Federation of Teachers almost since its inception, she was its treasurer from 1985 until her death and previously was an office representative.
Cynthia Carson, the local's office manager, recalled Mrs. Bates as "a faithful and active union member who did whatever she could for the union, the university and the students. She was well-liked by all."
During strikes and strike preparations in years gone by, Mrs. Bates was known for donations of her homemade chili, which became popular with those on and off the picket lines, Carson said.
Mrs. Bates enjoyed fishing off Cape May in her boat with her brother, Buzz McCaffrey. She was a supporter of the Audubon Society and the National Wildlife Fund.
She graduated from the former Swedesboro High School, where she played bass drum in the band.
In addition to her brother, she is survived by her husband, Thomas A.; a stepson, Tom A. 2d; stepdaughters Judy Neubauer and Jacquelynn Lott; four grandchildren; and two sisters.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today and after 9 a.m. tomorrow at Kingsway Baptist Church, Kings Highway, Mickleton, where funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. tomorrow.
Burial will be in Eglington Cemetery, Clarksboro.
The Philadelphia Inquirer,(PA), June 8, 2001
Author/Byline: S. Joseph Hagenmayer
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