Carol (McCulloch) Cirillo, a resident of Westwood for the past eighteen years, died Sunday, September 18, 2011 after a brief illness.
Carol was born in Northampton, MA, the daughter of the late Malcolm McCulloch and the late Catherine (Dolan) McCulloch. She was the sister of the late Alan T. McCulloch.
Carol graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1968, and later earned a Master’s in Library Science from the University of Rhode Island. She worked as a teacher in the Boston public schools, a library assistant at the Vineyard Haven Public Library and as a library media specialist in the Waltham public schools before beginning her long association with the Belmont Day School in Belmont, MA.
Carol was a much loved school librarian at Belmont Day School and was the senior faculty member at the school where she began working in 1981. Carol was also the school’s enrichment assembly coordinator, a member of the “greening” committee and an integral part of the admissions team. She taught students to knit, was birthday book coordinator, and was the unofficial school historian and keeper of the institutional memory. In her years at Belmont Day, Carol was also a second grade teacher, a reading and math specialist and for several years was Lower School Coordinator. Above all she was a friend and advisor to countless students, teachers and colleagues.
Carol was an expert knitter, a gardener and a dog lover. She enjoyed “fine dining” trips to Manhattan and vacation trips to Block Island, Chatham and Mt. Desert Island, Maine. Her favorite trips were always those to Los Angeles to visit her son, Tom, a graduate student at USC.
Carol is survived by her husband of thirty years, Jerry Cirillo of Westwood and her son, Thomas Cirillo.