Louise Ladd (1943-2014) of Fairfield, Connecticut, who was deeply loved by her mate, Doug Taylor, and family, passed away at the age of 71 on July 11, 2014 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Bridgeport, Ct.

Daughter of Marion Louise Cook and Chester Reed Ladd, she was the loving mother of Julianne L. Gemmell, Christopher D. Cordulack and Jeffrey J. Cordulack; and was blessed with six grandchildren.

Louise graduated from Westtown School and Wellesley College.

She both produced and acted in the plays for Taylor’s Acting Workshop in Westport, now part of Fairfield University’s School of Continuing Education, for many years.

The author of many popular books for young people including a ten-book Double Diamond Dude Ranch series, she also worked as both an editor and as a teacher at Fairfield University.

In the midst of her active life she was hospitalized and received a cancer diagnosis. Given just two years by specialists, she remained dedicated to life, creativity and family. Seventeen years later, her battle finished, she left the earth she loved so much.


Because of her open-heartedness, attractiveness, warmth and achievements, Louise will be mourned, respected, revered and loved by numerous people- creative and otherwise, and especially by the family who adored her.

A memorial service was held in September.