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Obituary: Cornelia Macintyre Foley

Cornelia Macintyre Foley, widow of Rear Admiral Paul Foley, Jr., died on Jan. 18, 2010, just a few days short of her 101st birthday. Cornelia was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine arts the University of Washington in Seattle, and an extra degree at the Slade Art School in London, England, she taught art in her private studio in Honolulu for five years before her marriage to Paul.

When Paul retired from the Navy in 1959, the couple moved to Manhasset with their three children. Cornelia continued her painting and became a member of the Manhasset Art Association, serving as its president from 1965-66. She was also a member of the National Association of Women Artists. Participation in these organizations and in other Long Island art exhibitions over the years brought her many prizes and local recognition.

A portrait she painted of Annie Onderdonk was donated to the Onderdonk House in Manhasset, and hangs in the dining room of that historic mansion. Another portrait she completed of former Manhasset High School music director, Ronald Gary, hangs in the school’s front hall.

Cornelia taught art classes for several years in her home studio on Chapel Road. For Saint Mary’s Church, where Cornelia was a daily communicant, Cornelia designed and helped complete symbols for each of the 12 apostles done in needlepoint for chairs used on the altar.

Cornelia was a member of the AARP and also of the Strathmore Vanderbilt Club, where she served as the Women’s Club Chairperson for 13 years. She spent the final two years of her life in Severna Park, Maryland. Cornelia is survived by her daughter, Jean Foley, of Severna Park, MD; two of her sons, John Foley of Mount Airy, MD: and Mark Foley of Milford, NY; two grandsons, David Stein of Severna Park, MD and Christopher Griffin of Dallas, TX, and two great-granddaughters.