Remembering Katie Chase

Katie Chase — former Westport Historical Society president, secretary, director of archives, oral history project interviewer and board of directors member — died last night at home. She was 76.

Five days ago — shortly after stepping down from the WHS for health reasons — Katie was honored by that organization. Advisory council member Dorothy Curran says:

The close timing between Katie Chase’s resignation from the WHS board for health reasons, her lively comments at Wednesday’s reception and her passing just 4 days later, speaks volumes.

She so loved the Westport Historical Society: the purpose, the place, the people, and her role as a vigilant guardian of the collections and standards she helped establish.

All of us who were there Wednesday know how much physical effort and stamina were required for her to come and remain, patiently listening to each and every one of us and responding.

All who came also can attest to the shared love that filled the Sheffer Gallery, and the sense of peace that lingered as she left.

If “friends are the family you choose,” we, as a family, are fortunate to have had an opportunity to thank Katie, give her a group hug and let her go in the light of that lovely peace.

In 2012, Katie Chase interviewed Elwood Betts for the Westport Historical Society’s oral history project. Click below to hear her work:

5 responses to “Remembering Katie Chase

  1. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. She was such a great resource to us at the Westport Library and she was a big help to me in some important research projects. She will be missed.

  2. Joanne Heller

    Katie was a tireless volunteer. She was president of Wesport Young Woman’s League in 1983-4. Katie was always willing to listen and provide sage advice to those of us who were WYWL presidents after her. She was a special woman, who will be missed by those of us who knew her and benefited from her wisdom.

  3. Katie was a wonderful presence at the Historical Society, always willing to help, leading by example, resourceful and kind. She will be missed.

  4. Carolyn Meyer

    As a long time friend of Katie’s and a member of Y’s Women of Westport with her, I wanted everyone to know what a fantastic volunteer she was for this group.. She served on the board as vice-president in charge of programming and then a short term as our president until health issues prevented her from continuing . She will be long remembered and missed.

  5. Katie was a great lady.