Judith Bate Acheson, a long-time resident of Waterford and Leesburg Virginia, and since 2012, Ingleside at Rock Creek in Washington, DC, died on 25 January 2021 at the age of 95. She was pre-deceased by her husband Patrick, sister Jacqueline, and parents Genevieve and Fred Bate of Waterford.
Judy was born in Minneapolis, moved to Paris and then London, where she spent most of her childhood and where her stepfather, Fred Bate, was station chief of NBC radio. When WWII broke out, Judy, her sister and their mother moved to Mexico City. Having been taught by governesses for most of her education, she was delighted to attend the university there, where she took rather esoteric classes like the study of Ibsen plays in Spanish.
After the war, the family moved to New York, where she met Patrick Acheson, her husband of 58 years, and moved to Waterford. Among other pursuits, Judy was an active member of the Leesburg Garden Club, an archivist at Oatlands Historic House and Gardens, a volunteer at Interfaith Relief, a member of the illustrious Club 24, and for 60+ years a member of the Waterford Book Club.
Judy will be remembered for her wonderful smile and her innate ability to make everyone feel at home. She was a remarkable storyteller and was able to converse on any topic in multiple languages. Moreover, she was an avid tennis player known for her wicked forehand down the line. She loved her family and was a continuing inspiration to them.
Judy is survived by her three sons — Nicholas of Arlington, VA, Christopher of Charlottesville, VA, Simon of Portland, OR, and twin daughters Alexandra of Houston, TX and Caroline of London, England, her brother Peter Gillette of Minneapolis, MN, and her sister Anne Briggin of Belvedere, CA. She leaves 10 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren (plus one more on the way).
Donations can be made in her memory to The Waterford Foundation (PO Box 142, Waterford, VA 20197).