Carole Trachy

Obituary of Carole Law Trachy

Dr. Carole Law Trachy [nee McAtee] passed away peacefully on the morning of Dec 8th in the presence of her two daughters, Diane Law Ried and Catherine Law Shockey.  Dr. Trachy (Ph.D. in Humanities from Florida State University, 1977) was a much admired teacher and mentor of Valencia Community College / West Campus in Orlando FL.  Born in Worcester MA on Christmas Day, Carole Ann McAtee eventually enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and worked in the photography lab in San Diego in 1953.  When widowed at age 35, Carole raised five children, while earning a B.A. in Art History and an M.A in Classics at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.  She then moved to Tallahassee FL to pursue a Ph.D. in Humanities with an emphasis in Classics.  Her dissertation was on the ancient Greek goddess Artemis.  Dr. Trachy was also well published in pedagogical theories for teaching the interdisciplinary humanities. 

In 1972, Carole met her second husband and eventual soulmate, Mr. Linwood Trachy of Pelham MA.  Together, Carole and Linwood participated in many of the arts and culture programs at Valencia College, before they retired to the Lake City, and finally settling in the city of Ocala FL.  Linwood Trachy predeceased his wife, and Carole’s final years were spent in the care of her two daughters.

            Dr. Trachy is survived by all five of her children: Dr. Stephen Law of Edmond OK, Macayla [Law] Silver of  North Leverett MA, Diane Ried of Stony Brook NY, Catherine Shockey of DeLand FL, and Matthew Law of Kissimmee FL.  In addition, Dr. Trachy had eight grandchildren and seven greatgranchildren.

            The remains of both Carole and Linwood will be interred next to each other in a private family ceremony in Pelham MA.  If you wish to honor Carole’s memory as a scholar and teacher, it is asked that you make a financial donation to an educational institution of your choice.