Dorine H. Lord

May 19, 1917January 19, 2019

Dorine Cornell Lord Passed away on Saturday evening January 19, 2019 at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center with her son Phil by her side. There will be calling hours held on Wednesday (Jan 23, 2019) from 2:00-4:00pm at the Fox & Murray Funeral Home. Burial will be private in the spring at Fairview Cemetery in Canton.

She and her husband raised two children, Phil Lord a retired English teacher at OFA., of Ogdensburg and a daughter Michele Lord, a retired teacher at Heuvelton Central School of Rome NY; her beloved grandchildren Heather Kotula Sherwin, Heath Kotula and Jessica Kington Carvel; great-grandchildren Kellen, Nathan and Rian Sherwin, Rachel & Jasmine Kotula and Lila Sophia Carvel. Last but not the least all of her cats she rescued and raised and became part of her family.

Dorine was born on May 19, 1917 in Canton NY, the daughter of the late Stanley & Fana (McQuade) Cornell. She graduated from St. Lawrence University in 1939, and later earned her Master’s Degree in Education and French from Sorbonne in Paris. As a major in French and Latin, she taught both of these subjects as well as English III, and speech and drama from 1939 to 1982. The majority of her teaching career was at Ogdensburg Free Academy.

She was married to Harry N. Lord on September 22, 1940. Mr. Lord was a licensed land surveyor until his death in January 1975. He is remembered for his integrity and love for his family.

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Charles Lord

February 6, 2019

Aunt Dorine lived a full life. All the best to Philip and Michelle. Please let us know when the internment is. We would be glad to attend.
Charlie and Natasha Lord, Arlington, Virginia
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Peter Zabriskie

January 31, 2019

I am sorry to learn of Mrs. Lord's passing. She was one of the good teachers in the English Department when I was in high school. I never had her as a regular teacher but did have her several times when she substituted for others who were out sick. She was an Irish-American with a strong personality and, I, for one, will never forget her. She was, an "American Original". I extend my condolences to her son, Phil, whom I've been acquainted with since my early days in Ogdensburg and to her daughter, Nicci, with whom I am not really acquainted, but have always been aware of, as well as any other members of the Lord family.
Peter Zabriskie

Linda Krol

January 30, 2019

Dear Phil and family, I was saddened to learn of your mother’s passing. May you find some comfort knowing how well remembered she was by so many. I myself did not have her for English and I always felt a bit cheated about that. She was fondly loved by her students.

Sam LaMacchia

January 30, 2019

Sorry about the passing of your mom Phil. My biggest memory is that I got to sit with her at my 50th class reunion and chatted for a long time. She remembered an essay I wrote for English III regents on Baseball. Believe it or not she said it was fabulous as it contained facts, figures, and named many great players. She told Mrs. Morgan it was a great essay and should get credit for it but Mrs. Morgan said no because I wrote it in the wrong tense. Is that crazy after 50 years her mind could pull up those facts. I learned more about her in sitting at the table than all the time I had her in class. She was a strong teacher who was big on discipline and staying on task...what we didn't realize at the time was that she was molding us to be a better person and student for the future. Thanks Mrs. Lord, I always thought you were beautiful and now I know that is so true.

Wendy (Morley) Vincent-Barwood

January 24, 2019

I can see that I am not the only one whose life this lady had a positive impact and lasting impression on. I had Mrs. Lord for English back in the mid-'60s and can't say I was one of her best students, but to this day memort of the verb tense chart ( past, present, future) that was on the board still reverberates in my head. She is in my thoughts almost every day as I come to the end of an article obviously written by someone with no journalism experience, scratch my head and think "What?" Thank you Mrs. Lord. It may not have sunk in until later, but it did and remains. Bless you as one who took the word "teacher" for what it was intended and truly put your heart and soul into it. P.S. On a lighter note -- a chuckle for those moments when the inaudible (to us) jingle of a charm bracelet would hit her raw nerve like a fingernail on a chalk board. I swear she could detect a dog whistle from one floor up. Thank you Mrs. Lord and rest in peace.


January 24, 2019


So sorry for your loss. I was in your mom's class as she substituted in our French class on occasion. What a linguist she was.

Macreena Doyle

January 23, 2019

Mrs. Lord was a remarkable woman. A friend of my mother’s and a teacher to several brothers and sisters, I was honored to know her as a proud graduate of St. Lawrence University, where I worked for 33 years. She would call me from time to time about one matter or another concerning her alma mater, and I would swear I was conversing with someone half her age. She was a classmate of the University’s best known graduate, Kirk Douglas. I worked with a crew from the television show Biography when they focused on Mr. Douglas; when they asked if there was anyone who might have known him as a student, I knew exactly who to call. Mrs. Lord was interviewed for and appeared in the show. She was wonderful, recalling in great and descriptive detail their undergraduate years together. I enjoyed every conversation I had with her, and was so sorry to hear of her passing. My condolences, and those of my family, to her family.

Jim Spaulding

January 23, 2019

Phil and Mickey,

I am so sorry for your loss. She was one of my favorite teachers and she always had a hello when our paths crossed over the years. She will be missed.

Bim Spaulding

Lois Langtry

January 23, 2019

Phil and Mickey, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I am probably one of the few people who taught with a mother and son combination at OFA! I met Dorine when I first came to OFA to teach and then later you, Phil, became one of the members of my department. Both of you were dedicated teachers and good professionals to work with. Your mother led a long life and having her with you for those many years has certainly given you lots of memories to cherish. RIP, Dorine.

Paul Russell

January 22, 2019

Phil & Mickey: although regrettably, I haven’t seen you in many years, when on my annual visit to Paris, I go book shopping around the Panthéon, I think of your mother. She was a great lady in her own right & we are all blessed to have known her.
Prof. Paul Albert Russell