Sally D. Garen, art history professor

Friday, December 3, 2010; 5:51 PM

Sally D. Garen, 63, an art history teacher in the Washington region from 1990 to 2009, died Nov. 29 at Capital Hospice in Arlington County. She had brain cancer.

During the 1990s, Dr. Garen taught at the private Medeira School in McLean. From 1999 to 2009, she was a professor at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in the District, Marymount University in Arlington, Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria and the Art Institute of Washington in Arlington.

Sally Diane Garen was a native of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and a 1968 art history graduate of Smith College in Northampton, Mass.

She received a master's degree in fine arts from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1970. She received a master's degree in ancient art history in 1975 and a doctorate in medieval art history in 1985, both from the University of Chicago.

She moved to the Washington region in 1982. She served as president of the Parent Teacher Association for Bush Hill Elementary School in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County and was a past president of the Brookland-Bush Hill Civic Association. She had been a McLean resident since the late 1990s.

She was a trustee and curator for the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria from 2001 to 2005. Her memberships included the Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, D.C., and the Unitarian Universalist Church in Arlington.

Survivors include her husband of 32 years, John Chapman of McLean; two daughters, Heather Chapman of Arlington and Courtney Chapman of McLean; her father, Alan Garen of New Haven, Conn.; four sisters; and two brothers.

- Lauren Wiseman


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