The Rev. Ms. Julia Aldrich

The Rev. Ms. Julia Aldrich

Passed on Sunday, 21 June 2020
The Rev. Ms. Julia Carter Aldrich passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2020.  Rev. Aldrich resided in Cummington, MA.  She is survived by two sisters, Elizabeth McCall Aldrich, of Oberlin, OH and Margaret Shab, of New Milford, CT; two nieces, Lisa Shab and Jennifer Shab; a nephew, Ted Shab; and a grandniece and grandnephew Gabriella and Jacob Julian Shab.  She was predeceased by her daughter Robin.

Born in Webster Groves, Missouri in 1930, the namesake of her great-grandmother, Julia Carter Aldrich (1834-1924), pioneer poet and writer from Wauseon, Ohio.  Julia attended Ward-Belmont Junior College in Nashville, TN, and graduated from New York University. Her uptown life was working in publishing, advertising, and public relations. Her downtown life was among Village writers and painters, publishing poems in a number of journals and reading her poems widely, especially among the emerging women poets of that time.

In the 1970s Julia moved to East Hampton, on Long Island, where she was one of the poets who gathered and read at Canio's Books in Sag Harbor. In 1985 she received a summer fellowship grant to the Community of the Arts in Cummington, Massachusetts, where she fell in love with the hill towns and the people, and stayed. In 1988, after the death of her daughter Robin, she attended Andover Newton Seminary, and is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She has served eleven churches in western Massachusetts and New York.

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