McGraw, Kate Foster Robertson.
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Kate Foster Robertson McGraw, 84, of Hamden, passed away on July 28, 2013. Kate was born in Sewickley, PA, the first of dozens of cousins in a tight-knit family. She graduated from Scarsdale High School, Scarsdale, NY, 1946. She received a B.A. in psychology from Smith College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1950. Kate then received an M.A. in Child Development from Teachers College, Columbia University 1951 and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wyoming 1954, as well as many advanced certifications over the years. Kate was married to Robert B. McGraw Jr on June 21, 1951 in Scarsdale, NY; they were married for 63 years. Together they lived over the years in Laramie, Wyoming, Salt Lake City, Utah and several towns in Connecticut including Hamden, Orange, Westport, Fairfield, and then Hamden again. Over the years they enjoyed many trips throughout the world. Kate is survived by her husband Robert B. McGraw Jr of Hamden; daughter, Sarah McGraw (husband Jeffrey Levine; children Ruth and Adam) of Westport; sons, Matthew McGraw (wife Carrie; children, Jane and Elizabeth) of Portland, OR and Peter McGraw (wife Lillian; children Michael and Kristina) of Severna Park, MD; sisters, Myrta Macdonald and Ellen Matthews both of Southern Pines, NC. Kate was predeceased by her father, Harold Foster Robertson and mother, Mary Eugenia Gardner Robertson. Kate worked in many positions in the educational field including Assistant Superintendent for Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services, Westport School District 1977-1994, School Psychologist and Coordinator of Special Services for the Ansonia School District 1970-1977, Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology at Albertus Magnus College and Staff Psychologist at the Yale Psycho-Educational Clinic Yale University 1959-1970. Kate took great pride in her many volunteer activities. Her vision and her persistence were instrumental in founding Project Return, a residential environment for adolescent girls and young women in crisis in Westport. In addition, Kate served on numerous boards including the United Way of Westport-Weston, the Westport Library, and A Better Chance of Westport. She was a member of the Westport Rotary Club and served on committees of The Unitarian Church in Westport and committees at the Beardsley Elementary School of Bridgeport. Kate's concern for those in need, her drive and organization capability yielded results that benefited many. Kate won numerous awards and certificates of recognition for her professional and volunteer work but her greatest joy came for engaging with people from all walks of life. She was a good, caring friend to many people and will be sorely missed.
Kate's Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 PM on August 17, 2013 at The Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Rd, Westport, CT 06880. BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden in care of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Kate's memory to Project Return, 124 North Compo Road, Westport, CT 06880 (www.projectreturnct.org). To send a condolence to the family please see www.beecherandbennett.com
Published in Connecticut Post from Aug. 6 to Aug. 16, 2013