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Atkinson Family Cross Stitch Sampler

An inventory of the collection at the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: Emily Banach
Date: 2021


Photograph of Gary and Judy Bernstein

William Garretson "Gary" Atkinson III (1955-1988) and Judith "Judy" Bernstein Atkinson (1951-1988) were among the 270 victims of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988.

Gary's family described him as a "born leader" and he was voted Most Likely to Succeed and Most Intellectual by his high school classmates. He graduated with honors from Washington University in St. Louis and earned a master's degree in construction management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After working in Boston on projects like the Meridien Hotel, One Post Office Square, and the Boston Harbor Hotel, he was hired as a project executive for Olympia and York in London. Gary enjoyed cycling, skiing, and sailing, and was said to have a true zest for life.

Judy was described as a gifted woman who excelled in all dimensions from a young age. She attended the University of Michigan for two years. As a junior, she studied abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland for the fall semester and taught on the Isle of Skye. In the spring semester, she attended an archeology course in Jerusalem hosted by Brandeis University. Following her time abroad, she transferred to Brandeis University and graduated with honors the following year. She completed two master's degrees: one in art history at University of California at Berkeley and one in public and private management at Yale University. After working as a curator at the Whitney Museum and the Jewish Museum in New York City, she changed paths and worked as a business consultant. Judy enjoyed cycling, hiking, and giving back to her community.

Gary and Judy were married on May 28, 1988 and lived and worked in London. They both enjoyed travelling and were described as soulmates by their family and friends. The couple had been returning to the United States to visit relatives.

Scope and Content Note

The Atkinson Family Cross Stitch Sampler is a cross stitch made by Martha L. Atkinson, William Gary Atkinson's sister. It was given to the couple as a gift to celebrate their marriage.


Access Restrictions:

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Related Material

The Pan Am Flight 103 Archives contains additional materials and information related to the Atkinson Family Cross Stitch Sampler. Related collections include:

On Eagles' Wings Collection

Pan Am 103 Individuals Collection

Selected Search Terms


Atkinson family.
Atkinson, Judith Bernstein.
Atkinson, Martha L.
Atkinson, William Garretson, III.
Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.


Pan Am Flight 103 Bombing Incident, 1988.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States -- Case Studies.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States -- History.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States.
Terrorism -- History -- 20th Century.
Lockerbie (Scotland)

Types of Material

Cross stitch.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Atkinson Family Cross Stitch Sampler,
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Sandra Bernstein Clarren in 2018.

Processing Information

The cross stitch was rolled and placed in an acid-free box.


Original order was maintained.

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