Cathryn L. Lombardi
115 Amherst Rd.
Pelham, MA 01002
Home phone: 413-253-0354
Husband, John V. Lombardi.
Son, John L. Lombardi, married Shannon Clare Curtin. Daughters: Alexandra and Samantha Lombardi.
Daughter, Maryann Lombardi. Daughter: Molly Cathryn Parker.
B.A., Pomona College, Claremont, California; M.A., Columbia University, New York
Cathryn Lombardi has served as a member of the boards of directors of the
American Red Cross of Alachua County,
WUFT-TV Friends of Five,
Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC),
Ronald McDonald House. She has also served as a member of
Altrusa International of Gainesville,
Gainesville Woman's Club, and the Gainesville Women's Forum.
She worked with the American Cancer Society on their
Cure by Design fashion show and the
Girl Scouts of Alachua County on their
Women Who Make a Difference fundraising dinner.
In 1998, she received the Santa Fe Community College
Women of Distinction Award.
During 1990-2002, at various times, she served on the boards of
Altrusa House of Altrusa International of Gainesville,
Avant-Garde of the Harn Museum of Art, Children's Home Society,
Daytop of Florida, Gainesville Symphony Orchestra,
Gateway Girl Scout Council, Girls Club of Alachua County,
Hospice of North Central Florida, St. Francis House,
and the United Negro College Fund.
In addition, she served as an honorary chairperson for
Walk America and co-chaired the Lift-A-Life Auction.
Cathryn Lombardi served on the board of directors of the Florida
Museum of Natural History, University of Florida Performing Arts
and the University Women's Club from 1999-2002. During 1990-1999,
as the president's partner at the University of Florida,
Cathryn Lombardi worked with the university students and served on the
advisory boards of Celebration, Dance Marathon,
Friends of Music, Lady Gators, and Sounds of the Season.
She participated with the Cicerones student leadership group,
the Women's Leadership Conference, and served as a judge for
the annual Homecoming Pageant. She participated in the work of
Shands Hospital and the College of Medicine as a member of the
Children's Hospital Within A Hospital Task Force and on the
advisory board of the Women's Health Initiative.
Nationally, she served on the executive board of the Council of
President's and Chancellors' Spouses of the National Association of
State Universities and Land Grant Colleges and as the
1996-97 Chair of that Council. She also served on the executive board
of the Spouses' Council of the Association of American Universities.
From 2002 to 2007, she served the University of Massachusetts Amherst as the
Chancellor's partner, and worked with the STARRS student alumni association
and other campus organizations.
Cathryn Lombardi taught high school science in an American school in Caracas (1965-66)
and Technical English at the Universidad Central de Venezuela (1966).
From 1971 to 1989 she served as an independent cartographer for many scholarly publications.
She co-authored: A Teaching Atlas of Latin American History,
by Cathryn L. Lombardi and John V. Lombardi, Madison: University Wisconsin Press, 1983.
[The following updated short statement served as an introduction for a
service club and provides some background on Cathryn Lombardi]
I was born in El Centro, California, an agricultural community twelve
miles north of the Mexican border. Imperial Valley is one of America's
breadbaskets, and it was a long time before I realized that most people
bought lettuce in a grocery store, instead of picking it from your friend's
field. My dad was the city manager (ie, mayor), and I thought he
was so clever because he could drive all the way through town without ever
having to stop for a red light. When I was ten years old we moved across
the border to the town of Mexicali, in Baja California, where Dad became
the manager of an American cotton company.
I went to Pomona College, and there met John Lombardi. He was my best
friend, and for three years we solved each other's problems, before we
finally decided we were more than best friends. I was a botany major,
and he was a history major. We got married at the end of college and
went to Columbia University for graduate school. New York City and
John's Brooklyn-Italian relatives were quite an eye-opener, but his
aunts were just what I needed. They fed us a real Italian dinner
every Sunday, with lots of food and lots of noise. I learned a lot
John and I went to Caracas, Venezuela so that he could research his
dissertation. I taught biology and English, and he rooted away in the
national archives. A year and a half later we came back to the States;
he had his dissertation and a mound of data on punched IBM cards.
John took a job at Indiana University, and we spent twenty years in
Bloomington, Indiana. Our son and daughter were born there. John
started as an assistant professor of history and ended as the Dean of the
College of Arts and Sciences. I was super-mom and ran a free-lance
cartography business to keep my mind from becoming rusty. It was all
John's fault; he said that anyone who could draw a picture of a flower
should be able to draw a map, and he needed one. I drew it, and it was
horrible. Unfortunately, the book can still be found in the library.
Then he needed twenty-two maps for another book on Venezuela, the one
that used all those punch cards, and I decided to really figure out
what I was doing. That started my cartography career. For fifteen years
I drew maps for professors or presses. I let the business die a natural
death when we moved to Baltimore, Maryland.
We spent three years at Johns Hopkins University, and I had time to
indulge my genealogy hobby.
Then in 1990 we came to Gainesville.
During the decade of the 1990s I had little time for hobbies and my
needlepoint, quilting, and genealogy suffered, although occasionally
I took a trip to hunt for "dead ancestors" in a library somewhere.
I filled my time during that decade with the appointments and meetings
necessary for the job of president's partner. After John left the
presidency in 1999 and returned to teaching and research, we moved into
our own home on the outskirts of Gainesville and I've had a chance to
return to many of my neglected interests while continuing to work on a
wide range of university and community projects.
From 2002 to 2007, John served as the Chancellor of the
University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and so we completed another chapter
of our life with enthusiasm and commitment as we packed up and moved the
Lombardi enterprise to Amherst. Our time in the center of New
England between 2002 and 2007 introduced us to a new set of
superb friends and colleagues and
a dynamic community.
From 2007 to 2012, John served as the President of the Louisiana State
University System, and we lived in Baton Rouge. Those years introduced
us to a whole new set of superb colleagues and good friends, and
taught us much about life in the deep South.
In 2012 and through calendar 2013, on leave from LSU, we returned
to Massachusetts to our home
in Pelham (outside Amherst) and John continued his teaching and other
activities with the University of Massachusetts Amherst and we both
reconnected with many old friends.
The kids have grown. John Lee received his Masters in Political
Science at the University of Florida. He currently lives in Brussels with
his wife and two daughters, Alex and Sam, where he works on intelligence activities within NATO.
Maryann graduated from the University of Michigan. She currently lives
in Washington DC with her daughter Molly. She works for The George Washington
University in arts administration.
Cathryn L. Lombardi