Camille Leonore Hansen Almy (1235-4131-123W)

Camille Hansen Almy, widow of Donald Comstock Almy, died May 24, 1996 in Hawaii. She was born May 29, 1916 in Washington Heights, New York. During her school years she was a leader in class activities and while in the eighth grade was chosen to play the leading role in a high school production of Smiling Through. As a result of this auspicious beginning, she continued on in high school to play leading roles in theater and musical productions. Her talent continued to emerge and in 1933 she matriculated to Hiram College in Ohio where she began voice studies. The following year she was given a scholarship to the Julliard School of Music where she was told that with serious study and total dedication she might make the Met at age thirty.

After meeting Donald Almy, her operatic career was put on hold and she returned to Hiram College earning her BA in Sociology. World War II followed and Camille and Donald entered the Army Air Corps as Second Lieutenants. Camille and Donald married while in the military and at War's end were both Captains. Donald remained in the military while Camille supplemented her education by earning a Master's Degree in Education at the American University in Washington, D.C. In 1965 Donald retired as a full Colonel and they moved to Washington state where Donald became employed at the Boeing Corporation.

A divorce in 1966 brought Camille, along with two younger teenagers, to Hawaii. She was employed by the State Department of Education and rose rapidly in the field of Special Education. During her tenure at the D.O.E. she was also active in community service and held offices including: President of the Council for Exceptional Children, Vice President of the John Howard Association, and Chairwoman for the City Commission on Culture and the Arts. She was founder and Chairwoman of the Windward Community Arts Council and Director of Music at Christ Church in Kailua.

In addition to these activities, Camille found time to perform professionally with the Hawaii Opera Theater and the Hawaii Opera Players. Among her many roles in opera were: Mama Lucia in Cavalleria Rusticana, Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro, and Frau Mary in The Flying Dutchman. In 1971 she completed a six-month engagement in an original melodrama, Maid of Merchant Street. With Christ Church Players, she produced and directed musical productions of Plain and Fancy, The King and I, Music Man, Finians Rainbow, Paint Your Wagon, Fiddler on the Roof, Sound of Music, Wizard of Oz, and Brigadoon. As a result of her close association with the Hawaii Opera Theater and the Honolulu Symphony, Camille was hostess to several of the world's great musical personalities, including Aaron Copeland, Gian Carlo Menotti and Roberta Peters.

In 1976 Donald sought to be reinstated in his former wife's affections and they were remarried in a quiet ceremony at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Closing up their home in 1979, they both traveled to Los Angeles where Donald began his famous cross country jog to Washington, DC. Camille followed along in their motor home. They returned to Hawaii in 1980. Donald passed away in 1984 and Camille continued on with her many creative activities which have always included following the careers of daughters Brooks, in New York City, Susan in Los Angeles, Camille in Volcano, Hawaii, and son Donald who died in 1982. In 1994 she retired from her teaching job at the University of Hawaii Laboratory School, a position she had held since 1982, and moved to Volcano on the Big Island. She quickly became the focal point of Volcano's musical community as Director of the Volcano Festival Chorus and Madrigals.

Lucia Bliss Almy (1407-1426-1W)

Lucia Bliss Almy, 94, of East Providence, Rhode Island, died July 25, 1996. She was the widow of Dr. John Hull Almy, and the daughter of George W. and Lucia (Slade) Bliss.

She was a 1919 graduate of B.M.C. Durfee High School in Fall river and a graduate of Wheaton College in Norton, Class of 1923. During World War II, while her first husband, Captain Harvie was in the Marine Corps at Iwo Jima and the occupation of Japan, she was an airplane spotter and rolled bandages for the American Red Cross.

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