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Carolyn Batt

March 10, 1938 — February 8, 2024

Gallatin, TN

Carolyn Batt, a remarkable woman of intelligence and grace, left this world on February 8, 2024, in Gallatin, TN. Born on the 10th of March in 1938 in Evanston, IL, Carolyn's distinguished life was characterized by her unwavering dedication to academia and her passion for the natural world. Carolyn is preceded in death by her grandparents Helena and Tyler Britcher, and her mother Helen Conn. She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years Russell Batt, daughter Karen (Ray) Kerrigan, son Brian (Pattie) Batt, her grandchildren; Michael (Lydia) Kerrigan, Stephanie (Brent) Pilon, Zachary Batt, Emily Batt, and Olivia Batt. Carolyn is also survived by her two great grandchildren Rowan Pilon and Cormac Pilon, as well as many other relatives and friends.

From an early age, Carolyn displayed an insatiable curiosity and a sharp intellect that would shape the course of her entire existence. Graduating as valedictorian from the University of Rochester, she embarked on a lifelong pursuit of knowledge. Fueled by her thirst for understanding the intricacies of chemistry, Carolyn continued her education at the esteemed University of California - Berkeley, ultimately earning her Master's Degree in Chemistry. Her exceptional academic achievements earned her membership in Phi Beta Kappa, America's most prestigious honor society. Carolyn was also a woman of strong faith. She was a long time parishioner at Harcourt Parish Episcopal Church – Church of the Holy Spirit in Gambier, OH.

Carolyn undertook a career that showcased both her linguistic prowess and scientific acumen. After receiving her Master’s Degree, she employed her extraordinary talent as a translator at Shell Oil Company. Specializing in translating complex chemistry manuals from Russian into English. Carolyn's work played an instrumental role in disseminating important scientific knowledge to a wider audience. For almost 25 years Carolyn worked as a registrar for Kenyon College in Gambier, OH, further showing her love for education by helping students during their whole collegiate career. The friendships she would make at Kenyon College would be a special bond that would last a lifetime for her. Continually supporting her campus community and in turn, them supporting her. She became like a second mother to many of the students there, helping to guide and support them, as well as being their special confidant during their times of need. This innate ability to listen and being able to put herself into the shoes of others was not just a natural talent for her, but a lesson that was taught and passed on to those who really knew her. Facilitating a perspective that not many individuals have, in order to create empathy and respect for each and every person she came to know.

Beyond her professional accomplishments, Carolyn held an unwavering spirit of adventure that permeated every aspect of her life. During her freshman year at college, she met the love of her life – a moment that would shape their journey together. In their years together, Carolyn and her beloved husband embarked on countless explorations across different landscapes. They cherished their travels to San Francisco and trips abroad. However, it was at Montario Point – a family cottage nestled amidst the serene beauty of New York – where they found solace and joy each summer. Whether as a child or well into adulthood with her own children, Carolyn could always be found reveling in the simple pleasures that this enchanting place offered.

Carolyn's thirst for knowledge and love for the natural world went hand in hand with her involvement in various hobbies and interests. She was a member of a knitting club, where she showcased her creative flair. Each evening, she would settle down at the kitchen table with a captivating book, finding solace in the written word. She regularly attended a book club where she was able to discuss and “debate” with friends. Playing bridge was also a fun pastime of hers, enjoying time playing cards in a club with friends and family. Her passion for nature and the natural world extended to identifying wildflowers, an activity that brought her immense joy. Carolyn loved nothing more than embarking on hikes and backpacking excursions with her husband, exploring the untamed beauty of the world around them. In addition to her adventures in nature, Carolyn found fulfillment in frequent visits to museums, as well as listening to symphonies and operas where she could immerse herself in art, history, and culture.

While Carolyn's career achievements may have left an indelible mark on the world of science, it was her role as a devoted wife and mother that filled her heart with immeasurable pride. Settling down in Gambier, OH, Carolyn and her husband established a loving home where they nurtured their children and watched them grow into remarkable individuals. The legacy of their familial bond is a testament to Carolyn's unwavering dedication and love.

Carolyn Batt will be remembered as an exemplary woman who dedicated her life to the pursuit of knowledge and the appreciation of beauty. Her disciplined mind, unwavering work ethic, and outgoing demeanor made her a cherished friend to many. Her presence will be deeply missed by all who were fortunate enough to cross paths with this extraordinary soul. As we bid farewell to Carolyn Batt, we find solace in knowing that she lived a full life, leaving behind countless memories.


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