Forrester, Cynthia


Cynthia Forrester was born on March 31, 1945 in Lebanon Pennsylvania, daughter of Lt Coursen T and Dorothy (Allen) Forrester. Both pre-deceased her. She was the dear niece of Barbara (the late Len) Allen, and loving cousin of Betsy Forrester (the late John) Czaya, Robert (Carol) Forrester, Tom (Barbara) Allen, Bobbi (Ron) Westendorf, Scott (Terri) Allen, Beth (Mark) Fulton, Kathy (Dann) Martin, Will (Dana) Allen, Bob Sherwood, Bill Sherwood, Jr, Don (Jo) Sherwood, John Sherwood and the late Charles Forrester and Linda Allen. Their numerous children and grandchildren are also saddened by her passing. She is remembered as honorary “Aunt Rita” to Gordon Craig, son of colleague Betsy (Bob) Craig and as devoted friend to Diane Grundy and Lois Hamilton. Many others have been touched through her unique card ministry and her many selfless deeds. We have all enjoyed sharing details of her extensive travels through year end letters. She was grateful for the special friendships of Superior Street neighbors Susan Walker and especially Deb & Scott Jaillet, Bonnie Thompson and the talented medical professionals who provided her care. Cindy grew up in Long Island City spending one full year and many weeks during the summers with her Allen family in Nebraska. In 1965 she received her BA in Spanish from Ohio Wesleyan University and in 1967 her MA in Spanish Language & Literature from the University of Wisconsin. During the summers of 1978, ’79 and ’80 she studied at Estudio Internacional Sampere in Madrid, Spain.and in 1979 received the Translator’s Certificate from Complutensian University of Madrid, Spain. In 1981 she was granted a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at UCLA, Oral Tradition of the Hispanic Southwest. “Senorita” joined the Grove City College faculty in the Fall of 1967, retiring in May, 2014. Noted for innovative and engaging teaching techniques, enthusiasm and genuine interest in her students she taught 45 different courses in Spanish, Humanities, Russian, Italian and Children’s Literature. Throughout her career she shared her many talents with the entire Grove City College and local communities. For 45 years she served as Advisor to Alpha Mu Gamma Language Honorary, 35 years as Study Abroad Consultant, 30 years as Advisor to Zeta Zeta Zeta Sorority, and for 25 years led the Red Box Mission Program. She also led Grove City College Aumni Tours to 30 countries and Travel Study Courses to Spain, England and Belgium. The community benefited from her work as an interpreter/translator for Grove City Medical Center and the Mercer County Public Defender’s Office. Her academic honors are numerous. She was elected to membership in Cwens (Crown & Sceptre) Sophomore Women’s Honorary, Omicron Delta Kappa Senior Honorary, Theta Alpha Phi Theater Honorary, and Kappa Delta Pi Education Honorary receiving an Outstanding Educator Award in 2000. Additional awards include Sears Foundation Teacher of the Year Award 1991, Grove City College George M. Kerr Service Award 2005 and Grove City College International Education Award 2013. Most significant are the tributes received from former students and others posted on the website: The Cunningham Funeral Home is serving the family. Cindy was also a special friend of animals and especially devoted to cats. Memorial donations can be made as follows: Angels for Animals or by mail, 4750 West South Range Road, Canfield OH 44406; Cornell Feline Health Center (Special Instruction Note:  In memory of Cynthia Forrester, cousin of Dr. Catherine Czaya, Class of 2006) or by mail, 235 Hungerford Hill Road, Ithaca, NY 14853; or to a charity of the donor’s choice. A Memorial Service will be held in Grove City Pennsylvania at a future date when it is safe for all to gather.