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Monday, November 14, 2016

Kathryn Brooks, 82

Kathryn (Kay) Frazer Brooks of Westport died Nov. 7 at home after a lengthy illness.  She was 82.

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She was born Jan. 8, 1934 in Fairfield to Bernard and Catherine Arnold, and was the youngest and last survivor of seven siblings. She has been a Westport resident since 1960.

She was a true autodidact, fueled by an insatiable love of books and innate curiosity.

Throughout her life she exhibited a quick and powerful intellect and a remarkable ability for recalling details from history and literature. 

She was thoughtful and kind as well as a quick study in character and business. She was an enthusiastic and generous supporter of the Westport Library and other literary, charitable, and artistic organizations.

As a young woman, she worked for a publishing firm in New York and was an assistant for many years to Westport attorney Virginia Boyd. 

In 1978, she went to work for Brooks Torrey and Scott, a commercial real estate firm, where she eventually became vice president. She also served as vice president of Brooks Community Newspapers and Westport Travel until her retirement in 1995.

In 1953, she married Bruce Frazer, with whom she had a daughter and a son.  As a young couple they flew around the country in a small plane, sometimes landing in cornfields and amazing the locals. The couple divorced in 1976.

In 1987, she married B.V. “Dexter” Brooks, founder and publisher of Brooks Community Newspapers. They enjoyed an enduring friendship and love, working together and traveling the world until Dexter’s death five years ago.

Kay is survived by her daughter Lori Frazer (Christopher Lyman) of Lincolnville, Maine; her son Marc Frazer (Megan) of Seattle, Washington, and granddaughters Kaila and Kathryn Frazer, ages 12 and 15.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Westport Library or to Doctors without Borders.  A memorial celebration is planned for the spring.

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