- Published: October 29, 2009
Hilary McLellan of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., died on October 3 after a 30-month fight with cancer. Hilary graduated from high school in Paris, France; earned a bachelors from the University of California-Riverside, a masters from Miami University of Ohio and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.
Hilary was a media artist, storyteller and educator. She had a background in art history, ceramic art, environmental science, design, instructional design and educational media. She was involved with digital media for over 20 years. Her background encompassed business, science technology and the arts. She had extensive experience developing and teaching classes and workshops online. She taught educational media at Kansas State University and Empire State University. At Kansas State she designed online course templates, including very popular courses in digital storytelling and environmental studies. For several years she covered the virtual reality industry for Virtual Reality World and other publications. She edited the book Situated Learning Perspectives (1996) and she published numerous articles in digital learning.
Hilary participated in and reported on restructuring information for democracy in Poland in the early 1990s and she helped to implement conferences on emerging media in New York City, San Jose and London. She interviewed numerous scientists, engineers and emerging media-virtual reality pioneers. In recent years she designed Web sites for community projects, brought her gifts for storytelling to young children, families and seniors in the Albany region; and taught digital storytelling to middle school students. She campaigned for local political issues and candidates with great passion and served on the Saratoga Springs Historic Preservation board. She was a loving and generous wife, daughter, sister and stepmother. She found beauty in the world and shared her discoveries with us all and she will be much missed.
Hilary is survived by her husband, Roger B. Wyatt of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; her stepson, Owen Wyatt of Boston, Mass.; her parents, David S. and Ann Handforth McLellan of Yellow Springs; her sister Marjorie L. McLellan (Gary Greenberg); niece, Cara Sande Greenberg of Columbus; nephew, Jesse Greenberg, Sherman Oaks, Calif.; another sister, Michele McLellan of Columbia, Mo.; and brother, Eric D. McLellan and his daughter, Hypatia, who are both of Yellow Springs.
A memorial service was held October 24 in Saratoga Springs.