Lydia Paley Hume, a Capitol Skating Fund Board member and Northern Virginia figure skating coach, was passionate about all aspects of the sport. Her multi-faceted career began at the age of five, skating at the Wagon Wheel resort in Rockton, Illinois along side Janet Lynn, under the watchful eye of Slavka Kohout.
Lydia was an accomplished figure skater, a keen reporter and historian, a beloved coach to hundreds of children and adults alike, and a highly skilled, willing colleague in her countless pursuits. Aside from her skating interests, Lydia was a college-educated anthropologist and Smithsonian museum professional.
While stationed overseas for many years she connected with a vast skating community, befriending judges, coaches and skaters, and reporting for international publications. These lasting relationships served her fittingly as she coached in areas ranging from Romania and Austria to Dubai, became the Chair of the World Hall of Fame, and hosted foreign skaters at the 2003 World Championships—astonishing them with her encyclopedic knowledge of their past programs, costumes and music. At that same competition in Washington, DC, Lydia engineered the first ever on-ice World Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and continued to manage that ritual globally for the next five years.
By her own admission, Lydia’s most rewarding activity was coaching synchronized skating. Embracing young and old, Lydia worked her magic with fullest compassion for her charges. In light of that, in order to honor Lydia’s lifetime achievement, the Capitol Skating Fund has established the Lydia Paley Hume Memorial Fund dedicated to nurturing synchronized skating in the Washington DC Region.
The fund will commence with $25,000 from the Board of Directors of the Capitol Skating Fund. The CSF will accept donations specifically designated for the Lydia Paley Hume Memorial Fund, and for a period of five years from inception, the CSF will match any donations so designated.
Please designate the Lydia Paley Hume Memorial fund on our online Donation Form or on your check:
Payable to “Capitol Skating Fund”,
and mail to:
Barbara Shaw, Treasurer
Capitol Skating Fund
4701 Elmhirst Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814