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June 3, 1946 - June 4, 2018 NORWICH, VT Diane Kittredge, 72, died Monday, June 4, at home, surrounded by her family. Diane was born on June 3, 1946, in Portland, ME, a daughter of Robert B. and Jane (Pierce) Kittredge. She grew up in Winchester, MA, graduating from Winchester High School in 1964. As a child, Diane was a spirited and athletic tomboy who relished summers spent with extended family in Maine. She went on to obtain her bachelor's degree from Smith College, Class of 1968, where she majored in biochemistry and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Diane graduated from Harvard Medical School, Class of 1972. She worked for The University of Oklahoma in the Department of Pediatrics from 1979-1997, where she established the Community Pediatrics Section. In Oklahoma City, Diane forged lifelong friendships, raised three children with her then husband, Dr. Philip Rettig, and launched her career as a pediatric educator and leader. In 1997, she went to work at the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth and was a full-time faculty member of Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine. Diane was the past president of the Academic Pediatric Association (APA) and was the driving force behind the APA's "Educational Guidelines for Pediatric Residency." She ended her tenure at Dartmouth as the Pediatric Residency Program Director. Diane loved this job that focused on teaching and encouraging young physicians to improve clinical practice and service to families. Diane was thrilled to return to her beloved New England and soon fell in love. She married Dr. Alan A. Rozycki on July 2, 2006, and they have lived in Norwich since. Diane and Alan enjoyed many years of travel visiting their blended family and friends around the world. In her last few years, she was an avid reader, rediscovered her love of painting, and found her greatest joy in her family and spending time with her grandchildren, baking, reading, and playing games together. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Jane (Pierce) Kittredge. She is survived by her husband, Alan Rozycki; her children, Anna (and Adam) Shane, Chris (and Jill) Rettig, and Elizabeth (and Bill) McCarthy; her stepsons, Ford, Derek, and Greg Rozycki; her siblings, Lucia Kittredge, Bobby Kittredge, Emily Hummel, and Debby Irving; eleven grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Diane was lovingly sent off with the words of gathering she and Alan said each night around the dinner table: "We're glad we're all together and peace in the whole wide world!" To celebrate Diane's life, a service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 22 at the Norwich Congregational Church, 15 Church St., Norwich, VT. A reception will immediately follow at Dowds' Country Inn in Lyme, NH. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Diane's name to Smith College (Essential Smith Fund) or to the Academic Pediatric Association (Resident Scholarships or Young Investigator Awards).
Published in The Oklahoman on June 12, 2018
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