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Catherine Houser

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Catherine Houser, 57, of Harwich, MA, died at her home on April 20, 2013 of ovarian cancer. Born and raised in Phoenix, AZ, she was the daughter of the late Donald Houser and the late Helen Ray. In 1978, Catherine earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Arizona State University. She was awarded a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Arizona State University in 1986. Ms. Houser accepted a position on the English faculty at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and worked as an English professor for 25 years. In 1996 she was presented the Leo M. Sullivan Teacher of the Year Award. During her tenure, Professor Houser served as faculty advisor for the university's literary magazines, Temper and Siren. In 2010 she co-wrote and published a textbook, Writer/Citizen. Ms. Houser wrote and published numerous academic and feature articles and short stories as well as a one-woman play in 1997, Rape Tapes, that she performed at the university theatre. She also wrote theatre reviews for the Cape Cod Times and the Cape Codder. Ms. Houser served as the Chairperson of the English Department from 2004 to 2010. Catherine enjoyed sports including softball, baseball, football and golf. Catherine is survived by three brothers, David Houser, John Houser, and Steve Houser, and a sister, Diane Rawdon, all of Phoenix; nephews Kevin Calhoun and Cole Houser; nieces Jessie Puccini and Jolene Houser; and her Keeshond dog, Lucy. A remembrance celebration is planned for late summer 2013. Donations in her memory may be made to the Gillette Center for Gynecologic Oncology, 55 Fruit St., Boston, MA 02114; by calling 877.644.7733; or at massgeneral.org.

Published in The Cape Codder from Apr. 30 to May 7, 2013
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