- Local Guide
Dr. Lucinda Hart-GonzĂˇlez, 61, co-founder of Paradise Gardens and Farm, an organic farm and goat milk creamery at 2771 Paradise Rd., Reynoldsville, died Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, at her sister's home in Concord, Mass., after a six-month battle with lung cancer.
She was born March 31, 1950, in Oakland, Calif., a daughter of Dr. Edward W. and Flori (Feder) Hart.
Dr. Hart-GonzĂˇlez graduated from Niskayuna High School in Schenectady, N.Y., in 1967, and received her bachelor's degree from UMass-Boston and her master's and doctorate in sociolinguistics from Georgetown University in 1980.Â
She studied music at the Berkelee School of Music in her youth and enjoyed a brief period of work as a jazz guitarist.
Dr. Hart-GonzĂˇlez had a rich and varied career in academia, music and acting. Her academic career included a tenured professorship at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., and academic director of English, humanities and modern languages and collegiate professor at the University of Maryland, University College, from 1996 to 2007.
From 1990 to 1996, she served as a research and evaluation specialist at the Foreign Service Institute of the United States Department of State. She was a member of the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) and the Center for the Advancement of Language Learning (CALL) and helped to develop State's training on the use of Internet and e-mail.
Dr. Hart-GonzĂˇlez was an editorial board member for 13 years at Language Learning and Technology, an online journal devoted to technology and language education research for foreign and second language educators, and was a project director for Second Language Testing Inc., helping to develop language testing for public agencies and private companies.
In her last year before being stricken with cancer, she worked at Chatham University as an online educator on the practices of sustainable agriculture. Â
Dr. Hart-GonzĂˇlez firmly believed that a deeper understanding of others' languages and cultures was a foundation for peace in the world.
In addition to her native English, she was fluent in Spanish and French.Â Her acting work, mostly in Washington, D.C., included roles in stage plays at Theatre J, Signature Theater and the Gala Hispanic Theatre.
She was a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture; on the Steering Committee of the Pennsylvania Women in Agriculture Network; on the board of the Farmers at Firehouse Farmers Market in Pittsburgh; and a retired member of the Screen Actors Guild.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. J. Stephen Cleghorn of Reynoldsville, and his extended family of four children and grandchildren, who welcomed her as their own; her daughters, Analiese Hart of Leesburg, Va., and Carla GonzĂˇlez-Hart of Brooklyn, N.Y.; her sister, Enid Hart Boasberg of Concord, Mass., and her husband Mark, and their two children, Maia and Zachary; her former husband and father of her children, Cristian GonzĂˇlez of Marietta, Ga.; and many dear friends across the world.
Dr. Hart-GonzĂˇlez was working on a memoir of her life in sustainable agriculture and goat dairying when she became ill. Her life exhibited the joy of lifelong learning and education. If she saw something wrong, she would displace it with her joy and solutions â€” like her organic farm â€” rather than just cry out against the wrong. The family anticipates finishing her memoir for her from what she has left behind.
She requested that a memorial be held at her 50-acre certified organic farm in Jefferson County. Details of that will be announced by the family when they are finalized. Â
Gifts of remembrance should be made in Dr. Hart-GonzĂˇlez's name to the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture at http://www.pasafarming.org/support-us/give.