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Posted on: March 8, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Leaving a Legacy-Cathy Larlham - A Lifetime of Service to South Kingstown


Recreation Superintendent, Cathy Larlham, could never have imagined when she announced, last winter, she would be retiring in March 2021, that her final year would put her to the test like never before. How to plan and execute public recreation programs during a global pandemic. But Cathy, as she has for her entire 35 years in South Kingstown, rose to the challenge. She did not miss a beat, but rather, she challenged herself and her staff to adapt and modify classic offerings like summer camp, beach operations and fitness classes so community members could continue to have fun and keep some sense of normalcy during a very difficult time. Cathy exemplifies what it means to be a dedicated public servant and a consummate professional. In her long tenure as Recreation Superintendent, she never became complacent or satisfied with the status quo. Recreation programs in South Kingstown have consistently and significantly expanded since Cathy began her professional journey in 1986. Words cannot express the gratitude and pride that the entire Parks and Recreation staff feels for having had the opportunity to work with Cathy. On behalf of the entire staff, I extend our thanks to Cathy for making South Kingstown a great place to live and work; and for making us all better recreation professionals. She truly is a role model and we will strive to carry on her legacy of excellence in Recreation programming and administration in South Kingstown. Best of luck in your retirement Cathy! We will miss you!

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