Katherine Huber Ludlow MacCormack, who spent more than two decades as a research and grants administrator at Stony Brook University, died of cancer on Saturday. She was 62.
MacCormack prided herself on securing funds for researchers who were studying and developing cancer drugs. "She got to know doctors at Stony Brook Medical Center, and she was glad to have a part in helping them," said her son Keith, who lives in New Jersey.
When MacCormack found she had uterine cancer after she retired in 2006, she ended up using some of those same drugs, said her daughter, Kim.
A native of Virginia, MacCormack graduated from George Washington University and received a master's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She moved to Bellmore in 1982 and started working at Stony Brook four years later.
Her children said she was known for her love of animals and often took in strays. At one point, the family had five dogs and two cats. MacCormack was a frequent visitor to Mill Pond Park in Merrick, where she fed the ducks, and she was an elder at the Bellmore Presbyterian Church.
Her daughter remembered the way MacCormack delighted in getting to know children in their neighborhood. "She was like everyone's grandmother," said Kim, a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore who now lives in Virginia.
Besides her son and daughter, MacCormack, is survived by her ex-husband, Donald MacCormack of Texas. They were married for 25 years.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Waldorf, Md. The family requests donations to the church or Capital Hospice, 6565 Arlington Blvd., Suite 500, Falls Church, VA 22042.