In Memory

Catherine Hyder (Ogden)

Catherine Hyder (Ogden)

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05/18/17 09:42 PM #1    

Elenor G Reid

My memories of Cathy go back to our very early days at the College. She was always gracious, confident, calm and fun. I think of her together with Judy Bartella, great friends and roommates, I recall. I didn't see Cathy for many years, even though we lived in the same state - a fact I regret. But I remember her at what must have been our last reunion, 2012. She was with her beloved and supportive Ross, in great spirits, upbeat, happy to see old friends but clearly living with a debilitating illness. Cathy and Ross have been great role models, individually and as a couple. Their recognition by the College's Arabella Carter Award was acknowledgement of their commitment to community service. Cathy was instrumental in the development of the oral history project at the Greenwich Public Library, a project that has been the model for comparable oral history projects around the country. A wonderful legacy. I am so glad to learn that Ross will be with our class at our coming reunion. 

05/19/17 07:22 PM #2    

Carol Blakely (Buchser)

I loved Cathy and was so sad to hear that she had passed.  Cathy, Judy Bartella, Barb Finch, and I were friends.

Also very glad that Ross will be there Reunion Weekend.






























05/22/17 06:41 PM #3    

Margery Post (Abbott)

Catherine Hyder Ogden, ‘67

Catherine Hyder Ogden, Swarthmore College Class of 1967, passed away peacefully Friday, January 23, 2015, at her home in Greenwich, Connecticut, after a long battle with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

She was born to Clyde K. Hyder and Allena Hicks in Lawrence, Kansas, where her father was a distinguished professor of English Literature at the University of Kansas.  She graduated from Lawrence High School in 1963 and from Swarthmore College where she met her future husband, Ross Ogden, Swarthmore Class of 1966.

Cathy made her home in Greenwich starting in 1969 and over the years became involved in the community as a volunteer with several different organizations, including the League of Women Voters, the Brunswick School Parents Association, the American Red Cross, and the First Presbyterian Church, where she served as a deacon.  Her true professional commitment, however, was to the Greenwich Library Oral History Project.  She joined the group as an editor in 1981 and later served for nineteen years as the Project’s chairman, until disability forced her retirement in 2012.  Under her leadership, the Project saw advances in scholarship, publication, and technology.  Her passion was for recording, archiving, and publishing the memories of people who have witnessed or helped to make the history of Greenwich.

She is survived by her husband of forty-five years, Ross, and their two sons, Ross H. Ogden, Jr. and his wife Andrea of Easton, Connecticut, and Edward H. Ogden of New York City, as well as two grandchildren.  In her every word and act, she taught her loved ones the treasures of reading, an affection for nature, and the importance of friends and family.

In keeping with her wishes, burial will be private, but a celebration of her life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich on Saturday, February 7, at 11:00 am.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:  Catherine H. Ogden Oral History Fund, Swarthmore College, 101 S. Chester Rd. 400.6, Swarthmore, PA 19081; or, the ALS Association, Greater NY Chapter, 42 Broadway, Ste. 1724, New York, NY 10004 (

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Ross H. Ogden, January 26, 2015

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