Mother of three who collapsed while jogging in Hannawa Falls died of natural causes, coroner says
Friday, July 12, 2013 - 12:16 pm

HANNAWA FALLS – A Potsdam High School graduate who collapsed and died while jogging Wednesday leaves behind her husband and three small children.

Kathryn McCourt, 42, died of natural causes, according to St. Lawrence County Coroner June Wood, who conducted an autopsy at Canton-Potsdam Hospital Thursday night. Wood said there was an underlying heart condition.

She collapsed at about 7 p.m. Wednesday while jogging on Postwood Road. CPR was begun, and she was taken to Canton-Potsdam Hospital where she was declared dead at 8:15 p.m.

The daughter of William and Armande Sloan of Hannawa Falls, McCourt is also survived by her husband, Sean, and their three children, Jack William, 5, Claire Sloan, 2, and Will Joseph, three months, and five siblings, William, Todd, Lynne, Suzanne, and Carol.

McCourt lived in the Boston area and worked as a manager of talent acquisition and deployment at EMD Serono, a pharmaceuticals company.

A 1989 graduate of Potsdam High School, McCourt was a talented sportswoman who played soccer and softball for the Sandstoners and was goalkeeper for the New York State Midget Girls Hockey championship team. She was PHS Athlete of the Year in 1989.

At Providence College, she was an all-star goaltender and helped lead Providence to a National Championship in NCAA Women's Hockey in 1993.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Potsdam.

Funeral services are set for Tuesday in Milton, Mass.

Local arrangements are with the Garner Funeral Service in Potsdam. Online condolences can be sent to

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