Lodi C. Kysor, 91, first woman school board chair here

Lodi Cann Kysor, who had been the first woman chairman of the Board of Education, died on her 91st birthday in Richmond, Va., after a prolonged illness.

She was born on June 16, 1922, in Corey, La., to William Derwood Cann,Sr. and Lodi DeSeay Cann.

In November 1970, Mrs. Kysor was elected the first woman chair of the Ridgefield school Board. A Democrat, she served on the board from 1966 to 1973, during which time her main interest was the average student. “We do a lot for smart children, and for children who have trouble in school, but are we doing enough for our most numerous ‘middle’?” she asked in 1970. “I think there’s a lot of untapped brainpower there.”

Mrs. Kysor also served as president of the Board of the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association and held the same position with the Ridgefield Library.

She belonged to P.E.O.,  the Caudatowa Garden Club, and the Commission on Aging.

“She enjoyed golf, gardening, needlework, bridge, and dancing with her beloved husband, Harley D. Kysor, Sr. who died in 2002,” her family said.

She is survived by her daughter, Lodi “Dee” Kysor (George Crafts) and her son, H. Dane Kysor, Jr., all of Richmond, Va. She is also survived by granddaughter Jennifer Lodi Hebrank and her husband, Andy, and great-grandchildren, Sam and Maisie Rose Hebrank, all of Buffalo, NY. She is also survived by her sister Sara Cane and numerous nieces and nephews all of Baton Rouge, La.

In addition she is survived by her caregiver of 12 years, Magalie Jean Charles and Magalie’s son, Kervans. She was predeceased her brothers, Clinton McGee, William Derwood Cann, Jr. and Frederick A. Cann.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, June 25, at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 11105 Cauthorne Rd., Glen Allen, Va. 23059.

A small service will also be held in Ridgefield at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Visiting Nurses Association of Ridgefield or the Ridgefield Library.