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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Kathryn D. Chase, 76

Kathryn “Katie” Dudley Chase of Westport died Aug. 9 at home. She was 76.

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Katie Chase: community volunteer. Contributed photo

She was born July 10, 1939 in Elizabeth, New Jersey to Kathryn G. and Fred Dudley and grew up in Terre Haute, Indiana, graduating from Garfield High School. She received her BA in American Studies in 1961 from Mills College. In 1968, she married William “Bill” Chase. They lived in Atlanta, New York City, Rio de Janeiro, and for the last 40 years in Westport.

She worked as copy editor for Little, Brown, Praeger Publishing and Greenwood Press and more recently had her own business as a freelancer. 

As a lifelong community volunteer, she assumed many leadership roles for her college and local Westport organizations. She served as president of the New York Mills Club, and governor for Mills northeast region, president of the Westport Young Woman’s League, Y’s Women of Westport and Staples High Schoool PTA as well as working with the Westport Schools Permanent Art Collection.

For the past 15 years, she devoted much of her time to the Westport Historical Society as a board member, secretary, president, vice president of archives and oral history interviewer. She edited society publications and worked with volunteers.

She was an avid reader and gourmet cook, participating in book clubs and for 20 years helping organize the “Bon Vivant” gourmet eating group. She enjoyed connecting with her extended family and regularly attended large gatherings at the Wayside Family Farm in Nevada, Missouri.

She is survived by her husband, Bill Chase; son March Frederick “Erick” Chase, Foxboro, Massachusetts, and his wife Shannon and grandchildren, Timothy and Layla; sisters, Virginia Dudley and her husband Bill Myers, St. Paul, Minnesota, Ann Dudley, Portland, Oregon, and brother, Jim Dudley and his wife , Mary, Albuquerque, New Mexico; sisters in law, Nancy Chase, Denver, Colorado, and Elizabeth Chase, Monson, Massachusetts; nieces Claire Dudley Chavez, Rosemary Dudley, Ann Myers and Kat Chapman. And one cannot forget her many other first cousins and extended family and best pet, Snowball, the cat.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Friday, Aug. 28 at 11 a.m. at Greens Farms Congregational Church, 71 Hillandale Road.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory can be made to The Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place, Westport CT 06880 or Mills College Alumnae Association at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Posted 08/13/15 at 10:55 AM



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