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: