Louise Sherlock Tighe
Louise Sherlock Tighe
  • June 28, 1932 - April 8, 2014
  • Windermere, Florida

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LOUISE FRANCES SHERLOCK TIGHE passed away peacefully on April 8, 2014, of natural causes following a short period of declining health. She was born to Raymond and Louise Sherlock in Providence, RI, on June 28, 1932, the elder of two children. After graduating from a local Catholic high school, she attended Brown University, graduating in 1952 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. During both high school and college, she excelled in swimming, and was nationally ranked in distance swimming (up to 3 mile races).
After completion of college, Louise began a graduate program at Cornell University, earning a Ph.D. in Psychology in 1961. While at Cornell, Louise met Thomas Tighe, a fellow psychology graduate student, and they married in 1959. The couple lived briefly in New York City, where Thomas taught at Columbia University, but in 1963 they moved to Hanover, NH, where they both began long teaching careers at Dartmouth College.
In 1967, Thomas and Louise adopted the first of their two children, Lisa, now 47, followed in 1969 by Mark, now 44. Louise was determined to be both a full time mother and to continue in academics, and she found that balance by accepting an Associate Professorship, a title which she held at multiple universities throughout her career. When Thomas decided to move into academic administration, the family moved to Dallas, TX in 1984, where Louise taught at the University of Texas at Dallas, followed by a move to Storrs, CT, where she taught at the University of Connecticut, and finally to Tampa, FL, where she taught at the University of South Florida until she retired in 2000.
After the death of her husband in early 2003, Louise found solace in caring for her young and energetic golden retriever puppy, Belle, and also enjoyed the company of Mark and his wife, who lived close by. Mark and his wife began to pursue adoption in 2004, and Louise spent much of her time and resources helping them achieve their goal. This culminated in the successful adoption of two boys, only 2 1/2 month apart in age, in 2006 with Thomas arriving home to Florida in January 2007, followed by Peter's arrival in August 2007. Louise adored her grandchildren. When Mark's family needed to relocate to Orlando in 2010, the decision was made to combine households which provided wonderful social and learning experiences benefiting both Louise and her grandchildren.
Sadly, Louise's physical health deteriorated significantly in the last few months, although her mental acuity never waned. She was a huge fan of college basketball, particularly of UConn, and it is somehow fitting that the last major event of her life was to witness the thrilling improbable victory of the UConn men's basketball team in the National Championship game. She was also following the women's tournament closely, and she would have been very excited to see the UConn women's team perform the same feat on the following night, but unfortunately she did not have that chance.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her younger brother Raymond, and her husband Thomas. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Cramer, her son Mark Tighe, and her grandsons Thomas and Peter, as well as by her loving and faithful dog, Belle.
A funeral service will take place Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 11:00 AM At Sunset Funeral Home and Memory Gardens, 11005 US Highway 301 N, Thonotosassa, FL 33592, with a visitation from 10:30am to 11:00am. Burial will follow after the service. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 12502 USF Pine Drive, Tampa, FL 33612-9411.