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Lark  Ann Pickett Palma, Ph.D.

Lark Ann Pickett Palma, Ph.D.
  • May 25, 1949 - March 12, 2022
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

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“We are saddened by the loss of Lark, a visionary and deeply caring leader for Catlin Gabel School. She was a gift to all of us who had the privilege...Read More »
1 of 36 | Posted by: Peter Green

“Dan & family, Lark was such a force and wonderful school leader. Always kind and thoughtful she could navigate from the Board room to the classroom....Read More »
2 of 36 | Posted by: Len Carr

“A remarkable woman! I always appreciated her insight and commitment to the Catlin Gabel School at so many alumni events in New York City. ”
3 of 36 | Posted by: William Peniston

“Lark was Catlin´s catalyst for constructive change. My condolences to her family. May your memories and the memories of others bring comfort to...Read More »
4 of 36 | Posted by: Catlin Parent

“Dan and Ian, We are so sorry to hear of Lark's wonderful life gone too soon. We cherish our memories of working with you two at Heathwood. We would...Read More »
5 of 36 | Posted by: Sarah Haarlow - Hartsville, SC

“We are so sorry to hear of Lark's passing. Lark and Dan were great neighbors and mentors. Her mother lived with them for a while and the kids enjoyed...Read More »
6 of 36 | Posted by: The Forness Family - Other

“Dear Mr. Palma and Family, Lark was an amazing person, she was kind, compassionate, strong and a wonderful leader. She is a key role model in the...Read More »
7 of 36 | Posted by: Maya Kinley-Hanlon - School

“Dan & family ~ Lark left an enduring legacy @ Catlin and throughout Portland. I will always be grateful that I was next in line to work closely with...Read More »
8 of 36 | Posted by: alix goodman - Portland, OR

“Dan & family ~ Lark left an enduring legacy @ Catlin and throughout Portland. I will always be grateful that she picked me to work closely with her...Read More »
9 of 36 | Posted by: alix meier goodman - School

“My deepest condolences to Otis, Sherrie and Wes, on the recent loss of your loved one. You have been in my thoughts and prayers. ”
10 of 36 | Posted by: Sister Stella Maris Craven

“Dan, I so enjoyed working with you and Lark at Heathwood in the 80s and early 90s. I have fond memories of our envisioning better ways "to do school"...Read More »
11 of 36 | Posted by: Debbie Lamm - Work

“Lark was my cousin, my other mother, my Cub Scout leader, my lifelong teacher, mentor, advisor, ideal. She made reading and writing, learning and...Read More »
12 of 36 | Posted by: Derek Oja - Asheville, NC

“Dan and family,Lark was such a lovely person who will be missed by so many. I remember a tasty southern fried dinner at your home in Portland for...Read More »
13 of 36 | Posted by: Melissa Naito - Portland, OR

“Lark´s wisdom, generous heart, quick wit and engaging intellect left a profound impact on so many lives. She was an exemplary role model for so many...Read More »
14 of 36 | Posted by: Allison Reid - Work

“Lark was a wonderful inspiring educator. We adored her when she was at Heathwood. My son was a student there at the time. Deepest sympathy for...Read More »
15 of 36 | Posted by: Margaret Kherlopian - Columbia, SC

“Lark Palma has had a significant impact on students at Catlin Gabel, far beyond her tenure at the school. She had the vision for a scholarship for...Read More »
16 of 36 | Posted by: Kendrick Dahlin - School

“I am very sorry for your loss. Lark was a great teacher and leader. ”
17 of 36 | Posted by: Brooke Courtade (Huffman)

“My memory of Lark starts with us applying our son to Catlin Gabel in Portland, Oregon. I, his mother, being from the south talked waiting in the...Read More »
18 of 36 | Posted by: Kim, Karl and John Olsoni

“Lark was a kind and compassionate person. She was my English teacher in her first years at Catlin. May her memory be a blessing. ”
19 of 36 | Posted by: Elizabeth Levenson - School

“My thoughts are with the family during this difficult time. I remember her fondly from her from my years at Heathwood. ”
20 of 36 | Posted by: Kathryn Meehan Windham - Keller, TX

“As the head of Catlin Gabel school, Lark was of course occupied day and night with the business of growing a thriving school, but she was never too...Read More »
21 of 36 | Posted by: Larry Hurst - School

“Deepest condolences to Dan and all the family over Lark's passing. What a wonderful educator she was, professional and inspiring in all pursuits. ...Read More »
22 of 36 | Posted by: Ruth N. Hodges (Lady Hodges)

“Aside from English, she taught me to appreciate the Arts specifically live theater. She took me on my first trip to NYC and saw how enamored I...Read More »
23 of 36 | Posted by: Ainsley Howard Rhame - Columbia, SC

“I'm so grateful to have met Lark and her wonderful family. She was one of the smartest women I have ever met; to where I learned something new every...Read More »
24 of 36 | Posted by: Tori Egonut - Friend

“Dear Dan, with sadness I read about Lark. I remember her outgoing nature and openness toward all of us. In particular I remember lavish parties and...Read More »
25 of 36 | Posted by: Mark Oldani - Portland, OR

“I am so sorry to hear this news. Prayers to family and friends. Ty Mrs. Palma for being a wonderful teacher to me. I was very Blessed to have you as...Read More »
26 of 36 | Posted by: Bryan - School

“Lark was such a sweet Lady . When I saw her on my appointment list it made my day knowing she was coming in ! She loved coming in even when it was so...Read More »
27 of 36 | Posted by: BILL WILSON (Beach House Spa)

“For 20 years Lark came to me for massage once a week. We shared many stories of our families , appreciation for our lives here in portland, and she...Read More »
28 of 36 | Posted by: Shay Oneil - Portland, OR

“To my beloved grandmother, I cannot thank you enough for 17 years of love, friendship, guidance, smiles, and fun. From weekly phone calls to long...Read More »
29 of 36 | Posted by: Liam Merrill - Family

“I remember Lark from graduate school many years ago and feel very fortunate that our paths crossed. Love and peace to all her family and friends ”
30 of 36 | Posted by: Duna Miller - School

“Lark will always be in my heart. Remembering our friendship and the time we spent together in her house on Sullivan's Island is a happy memory. We...Read More »
31 of 36 | Posted by: Martha Skinner Newton - Kissimmee, FL

“We were so very sorry to learn of Lark's passing. Please know the Family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Our Love To All- Betsy and Greaton...Read More »
32 of 36 | Posted by: Greaton Sellers - Family

“I'd like to add to this lovely tribute, that Lark also has multiple generations of cousins who love, admire, respect and will dearly miss her. My Mom...Read More »
33 of 36 | Posted by: Natalie Potter - Carrollton, GA

“Love you, Lark. Will miss you dearly. ”
34 of 36 | Posted by: Wes Pickett - Clinton, MS

“Lark was on my mind during the last couple of days. Even though we had not seen one another in a while, I always felt a connection. We were good...Read More »
35 of 36 | Posted by: Sissy Hewitt - Mt Pleasant, SC

“It was truly a privilege to know this wonderful woman and to be a part of her family. Her years of wisdom taught me so much in the time that I got to...Read More »
36 of 36 | Posted by: Mindy Busse - Mt pleasant, SC


Lark Ann Pickett Palma, Ph.D., 72, of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, wife of Daniel John Palma entered into eternal rest Saturday, March 12, 2022, after a recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. A Memorial Service will be announced by the family at a later date.

Lark was born May 25, 1949 in Charleston, South Carolina, daughter of the late Dr. Otis M Pickett, Jr. and Ruth Malcolm Pickett. She grew up on Sullivan's Island, attended Sullivan's Island Elementary then Ashley Hall graduating in 1967. She earned a B.A. in English from George Mason University, and held Masters and Doctoral degrees in English Literature, with a focus on women's studies from the University of South Carolina.
She was a middle and high school English teacher and principal of the upper school at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in Columbia, SC. Lark then served for nineteen years as Head of School at Catlin Gabel School, Portland, OR. Lark was a passionate educator touching the lives of countless students throughout her long and distinguished career.

In addition to her husband, Lark is survived by her son, Ian G. Merrill, his wife Lyn and their children Liam and Olivia of New York, NY; her brothers, Otis M. Pickett III (wife Sherrie) of Columbus, GA and Doug Pickett (wife Anne) of Vienna, VA. Lark leaves behind adoring nieces and nephews Otis "Wes" (wife Julie), Christopher, Cameron and Ryan Pickett.

The family would like to thank all of Lark's wonderful caregivers over the years including Mindy Busse and beloved cousin Peggy Harrell.

Lark loved to travel, especially across Europe. She was fond of dancing especially tap. Lark was an avid reader, writer and deeply appreciated attending theatre. She also was very politically active for the Democratic Party, promoting Get Out the Vote initiatives in the Charleston area. Most of all, her favorite pastime was being around her grandchildren and spending time with her husband and dogs.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America www.support.lupus.org <http://www.support.lupus.org>