Flower in Sunlight

Wynne Stuart Amick

1940-2020

Wynne’s beloved alma matter, Dickinson College

OBITUARY

Helen Wynne Stuart Amick, loving wife, mother and grandmother passed away peacefully on
July 24, 2020, at Ingleside King Farm in Rockville, MD. She is survived by her brother, Robert
Bruce Stuart, and his wife Roberta Wilson Stuart; and her only son, William Stuart Amick, and
his family: wife Cheryl O’Connor Amick and their children Madelyn Shaw and Meredith Ellen
Amick. She was predeceased by her husband, Patrick James Amick, and sister, Carolyn Jeanne
Stuart.


Wynne was born in Leonia, NJ, on October 3, 1940 and grew up in Manhasset, NY, with her
brother Bob and their parents, John William Stuart and Helen Dorothy Stuart. She had fond
memories of her childhood growing up with devoted parents who taught their children the
importance of education and hard work while enjoying an active social life. Wynne’s mom, in
particular, loved to throw a party. Upon graduating from Manhasset High School in 1959,
Wynne headed off to Dickinson College, where her parents had met while both attending the
college some 30 years earlier. Wynne took full advantage of the college experience, including
travelling through Europe during a year studying in Switzerland, and graduated with a Bachelor
of Arts degree in Sociology with a French minor. While considering how to apply this particular
skill set in an employment context, Wynne took the National Security Agency (NSA) aptitude
test on somewhat of a lark. Her shrewd puzzle-solving skills and intelligence combined with her
French language acumen was a perfect match for the NSA. During her more than six years at
the agency, she loved the challenges of her work, supporting the United States’ interests
around the globe and occasionally gaining top security clearance. While she enjoyed the work,
it was her encounter with a particular US Army Intelligence Private, Pat Amick, that caught her
attention and changed the course of her life. Wynne and Pat married in January 1969 and
shortly afterward relocated to Hanover, NH, where Pat completed his MBA at the Tuck School
of Business at Dartmouth College and where her son William was born. From there Wynne, Pat,
and William had the opportunity to live in Detroit, MI, and then Chicago, IL, before setting sail
for Singapore, where they lived for a year. Upon their return to the US, they settled in Yardley,
PA, a short drive from her parents’ farm in Lumberville, PA, in the spring of 1977.


While in Yardley and later Washington Crossing, PA, Wynne made a wide array of friends and
greatly enjoyed raising her son, William. Unfortunately, tragedy struck the family in 1980 when
Pat was involved in a serious train accident while commuting home from New York City. Wynne
was by his side throughout a lengthy hospitalization and extended recovery, ensuring he
received the care he needed and providing all the support possible. She redoubled her care for
her husband as he underwent quintuple bypass surgery in 1995 and then battled pancreatic
cancer, which ultimately took his life in 2000.


Wynne continued to live in Washington Crossing, PA, for another 12 years, before moving to
Darnestown, MD, to be closer to her son and his family. Although her capacity to retain short-
term memories faded, in many ways she was still the same Wynne: quick with a laugh, capable
of answering Jeopardy questions correctly, and most importantly, sharing her steadfast love
with her son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren.

Wynne learned many values from her parents, including the importance of giving back to the
community. She took this responsibility to heart and over the years, worked with her brother to
establish the J. William and Helen Stuart Foundation, where she focused on organizations to
further access to the arts and education. She established many philanthropic relationships,
including those with the Kimmel Center, The Curtis Institute of Music, The Philadelphia
Museum of Art, Darnestown Presbyterian Church, the Barnesville School, and most
significantly, Dickinson College. She also maintained trustee positions at both the Kimmel
Center and Dickinson College for many years, which she enjoyed greatly. Beyond these formal
relationships, Wynne regularly extended her generosity, including supporting the education of
her extended family. Through her kindness and compassion, Wynne made a real and lasting
impact on those around her. May we all follow her example and find ways to give back to our
communities.


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a small private memorial service will be held at the
Darnestown Presbyterian Church at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family asks
that contributions be made to Wynne’s beloved alma matter, Dickinson College, at
https://our.dickinson.edu/gift. 

 

 

LEAVE A CONDOLENCE MESSAGE

William and Cheryl, I only just found out this morning, that Wynne has passed away. Mary Bess emailed that she saw it on Facebook. I have fond memories of growing up in the shadow of my older cousin who was so much fun to be with. My condolences to you and your family. Aunt Polly, my mother passed away in her sleep last April at 101. Almeda

From: Almeda Stuart Torriani

Rest in peace Wynne. Say hello to Pat

From: Kevin McNamara

We would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family.

From: The Hilton Family

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