Dec. 12, 1915 – Sept. 29, 2012
Doris Campbell Desmond, of Hamburg, an active volunteer with several Western New York cultural institutions, died Saturday in ElderWood Health Care at Lakewood in Hamburg after a short illness. She was 96.
A native of Rutherford, N.J., Mrs. Desmond spent most of her life in the Buffalo area. She was the oldest living graduate of the former St. Mary’s Seminary and was one of the longest living graduates of the College of William and Mary, where she received a degree in economics.
At her 60th college reunion, Mrs. Desmond received a varsity letter for swimming, an honor not given to female swimmers in her day, and she was notified that she had been voted the best swimmer in the East – an award that the college had never before told her about.
Her husband, Edward Jordan Desmond, died in 1979.
Mrs. Desmond enjoyed traveling in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. She attended performances at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival for a half-century.
She was a volunteer docent for 25 years at Albright-Knox Art Gallery and as a volunteer for several agencies, including the Girl Scouts of America and Studio Arena Theatre.
She was a past president of the Eden Garden Club and a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Buffalo.
Mrs. Desmond donated her body to the University at Buffalo Medical School.
Survivors include three sons, Michael, Robert and Stewart; two daughters, Maura and Brenda; and a sister, Mary Lou Collette.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today in Blessed Sacrament Church, 1029 Delaware Ave.