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In Memoriam: Theresa Tracy
Although she retired more than 20 years ago, Tracy is still remembered fondly by many alumni.
"Mrs. T was a friend and confidant to a whole generation of University of Hartford students," alumnus Mark Vining ’82 said in a remembrance at a recent memorial service for Tracy. Tracy was named an Honorary Alumna of the university in 1995, and in 2003, the Theresa Tracy Orientation Red Cap Endowment Fund was established in her honor.
Tracy worked at the university from 1967 to 1981, first in the Office of Admission and later in the Office of Student Affairs, where she served as director of special student programs. Known for her extraordinary dedication to students, Tracy created or coordinated a host of programs during her time at the university. In addition to founding the Orientation program and the Red Caps, she started the International Student Association, the Commuter Association, Peer Tutoring, the Women's Center, an association for transfer students, and many other organizations. She also started the Information Desk in Gengras Student Union.
After leaving the university, Tracy and her husband moved to Waitsfield, Vt., where she volunteered on a daily basis in a local elementary school. She was recognized for her volunteer work with the 1998 Vermont Principals Association Distinguished Friend of Education award.
Tracy is survived by her husband of 56 years, Robert C. Tracy; three daughters; and six grandchildren. Memorial donations may be sent to the Theresa B. Tracy Orientation Leadership Scholarship at the University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, CT 06117.