Lois Rho passed away Sept. 10, 2009 at the age of 79 after a brief battle with cancer. Lois began her career as a teacher with the National Head Start Program in the early 60's in New Haven. She then moved to the Cheshire CT school system where she worked as a teacher and elementary school administrator for nearly thirty years. Since 1972 she was director and then principal of the Darcy School. There she began a collaboration with the Yale University Architecture department and pioneered one of the first early childhood learning programs to consider the space and design of a child's learning environment and its on early child development. After her retirement from the Cheshire School System, Lois was a member of the board of directors of the Gesell Institute of Human Development in New Haven and she consulted with ACES. She is survived by her four children; Jonathan Rho, Cindy Cipriani, Diane Rho-Caputo and Gena Rho-Smith and their spouses, eight grandchildren, brothers Gene Richard and David Richard and sister in-law Lillian Polio. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 830 Whitney Ave, New Haven on Thursday, Sept. 17th at 11:30 AM. Calling hours will be on Sept. 16th from 4:00 to 8:00 PM also at the church. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the 'Lois Rho Scholarship Fund' checks payable to 'Darcy School PTA' c/o Lois Rho Scholarship Fund, The Darcy School, 1686 Waterbury Rd. Cheshire, CT 06410.

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  1. I’ve had a lifetime of memories w/ Lois but one of my most recent and favorites was our trip to Puerto Rico about 5yrs ago…although this was one of many trips we enjoyed together, this was the most recent and I will cherish it.

  2. I will miss you and cherish the moments that we worked together at ACES these past few years and the many more times we just celebrated our love for our families and life. As we continue our work in Early Childhood,I will talk about you and honor you.

  3. The Gesell Institute Family sends their sympathy and prayers to the family and friends of Lois Rho. We will miss her dearly here at the Institute. She was a true inspiration for us.

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