Gladys Katz Field


Gladys Katz Field, 88 of 35 Hamden Hills Dr., Hamden died September 23, 2009. Born in 1921 in New York City, Gladys was the daughter of the late Joseph and Lottie (Kaminsky) Katz.

  Gladys was raised in NYC and graduated from Hunter High School in 1938 and Hunter College in 1942.  During WWII she worked as a mathematician at Ft. Monmouth, NJ, where she met her husband of 45 years, Dr. Norman J Field, a physicist and educator. They married in 1946 and settled in Tinton Falls (then New Shrewsbury), NJ. She enjoyed reading, opera, sewing, and investing, and supervised the summer youth arts & crafts program in Tinton Falls for several years. She studied and worked briefly as a computer programmer.  She was an active member and multiple office-holder of the Friends of the Monmouth County (NJ) Library Association. Gladys moved to Hamden, CT in 2001, where she resided until the time of her death. She leaves her brother Dr. Robert Katz of Lincoln, NE;  daughter Joan Lakin and her husband Alan of Hamden, daughter Elaine Field of Wilmington, DE;  son Ken Field and his wife Karen Aqua of Cambridge, MA;  son Richard Field of Cliffside Park and Tinton Falls, NJ; grandchildren Sara Ruggiero and her husband Chris, and Brian Lakin and his wife Michelle of Hamden;  great grandchildren Shayna Lakin, Jacob Lakin, Aaron Lakin, and Jack Ruggiero, all of Hamden.

   Graveside funeral service will be held at the Cong. B’nai Israel Cemetery, Tinton Falls, NJ Friday at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (multiplemyeloma.org), the Nature Conservancy (nature.org), or Mogen David Adom (afmda.org).

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  1. dONNA wEINGARTNER said,

    09.24.09 at 9:54 am

    I first met Glady’s when I came to MRHS in August of 87′, when her husband
    Norman FIeld was president of the MRHS Board of Education.

    I am sorry for your loss.

    My Deepest Sympathy to the entire family she was quite a woman

  2. Jay Brown said,

    09.24.09 at 10:50 am

    Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy.
    Merle & Jay

  3. Shirley Norby, Brielle, NJ said,

    09.24.09 at 11:33 am

    I wish to extend condolences to the Field family from the Friends of the Monmouth County Library Association. Gladys and Norman were very active members for many years. Her death will be noted in our next newsletter. Shirley Norby, currently the President of the Friends of the Library Association.

  4. Jane Glassey Meggitt said,

    09.24.09 at 12:42 pm

    Please accept my condolences on the loss of your mom.

  5. Paul, Tsgoyna and Zoe Tanzman said,

    09.24.09 at 5:52 pm

    Gladys was a terrific woman and we will miss her. She and Norm were always there for my parents Herb and Beth.

    At this most difficult time, we send all our love to Joan, Elaine, Ken and Richard, their spouses and children, and everyone else who knew and loved her.

    We are sorry we cannot be with you but our thoughts are.

    Paul, Tsgoyna and Zoe

  6. Mary Levandoski said,

    09.24.09 at 7:13 pm

    I met Gladys when I worked at Maple Woods. I used to drive her to her Doctor appointments and always enjoyed the stories she shared, her sense of humor and company. Recently I had the pleasure of seeing her again when she came to get her hearing aids checked. We were so happy to see each other again and sat and chatted while she waited for the doctor to bring her in to his office. I can honestly say that your mother always told it the way it was…. she will be missed so much but I will smile everytime I think of her.

    She will always be in my thoughts,

    Mary “L”

  7. gabrielle agachiko said,

    09.24.09 at 10:18 pm

    I never met Gladys. I can only say that she must have been a remarkable woman. I know this because her son Ken is one of my dearest friends, and the product of an obviously intelligent, loving, and engaging home. I can see Ken’s face when I look at her picture. I wish her Bright Blessings on her journey.


  8. Melissa Bartick said,

    09.26.09 at 2:04 pm

    Dear Ken and Karen,
    So sorry to hear about your loss. I’m thinking of you.

  9. Richard Riman said,

    10.01.09 at 10:22 pm

    I meet Gladys when we meet the Fields at a sponsors dinner prior to the Norman Field lecture. She was funny and keep the dinner lively and non-technical, which is pretty tough to do when you are surrounded by chemists and engineers. I was glad to have met her since I have known Richard and Ken for over ten years. I am sorry for their loss