Raymond M. Leduc in honor of Claudine M. Leduc
The Claudine M. Leduc Memorial Scholarship was established by Raymond M. Leduc, Sr. in memory of his wife, Claudine M. Leduc (03/21/48 – 09/17/12).
Claudine Marie Martin was born in Besançon, France. In 1951, she immigrated to Canada with her parents and two older siblings. Four years later, as a non-English speaking seven-year-old, Claudine and her family immigrated to the United States.
Following her high school and beautician school graduation, Claudine worked as a hairdresser for a few years. Moving to Newburgh when she married Raymond Leduc, a teacher in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District, she was a stay-at-home mom of three sons for several years.
At the age of thirty, Claudine took her first college course. It took her seven years to earn an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and three additional years to get a Bachelor’s Degree and New York State provisional certification in Elementary Education and in French. Six years later, Claudine earned a Master’s Degree and permanent certification.
At the age of forty-one, Claudine was hired by the Newburgh Enlarged City School District. She was a fourth-grade teacher at Vails Gate High Tech Magnet School for eighteen years and taught French at Meadow Hill Global Explorations School for two years before retiring in 2009.
In retirement, Claudine was a member of New York State United Teachers, Newburgh Teachers’ Association Retired Chapter, and the Newburgh Area Retired Teachers’ Association. She was also a member of the Town of Newburgh Tappers and the Marlboro Free Library Book Club.
In addition, Claudine took Adult Education Knitting & Crocheting classes at Marlboro High School and taught it in her home to her friends. She was an avid reader, an excellent cook and loved to share her books and her recipes. She also enjoyed traveling. But above all came her family, which brought her the greatest happiness.
At her time of death, she had two daughters-in-law, and six grandchildren. Since then an additional daughter-in-law and two grandchildren have been added to the family.
Claudine died at the age of sixty-four following a short, but courageous battle with cancer.