Starting at age 5, Catherine slowly became blind. She had sight restored in her left eye in 1977 after graduation, but she lost it again by 1990.
At Princeton Catherine belonged to the Triangle Club and majored in linguistics. Seeing Eye dogs aided her mobility. Nancy Lin remembers, “She understood her limitations and worked to manage them successfully.” Catherine loved to spin and knit wool, and to sail. She worked for a patent law firm, Carnegie Mellon Institute, and Research Cottrell, working for the environment with Congress. She raised three children and ran an online fiber-arts business until 2014.
Catherine was predeceased by her parents and her first husband, John Boucher. She is survived by her husband, Frank; her daughters Michele Walker and husband Eric, Jeanne-Marie Boucher, and Marguerite Schrider and husband Bill; three grandchildren; three stepchildren; five step-grandchildren; brother Barry Pool Jr.; sister Christine Ward; and great-aunt Marion Dailey. Donations can be made in Catherine’s name to The Seeing Eye Inc., Morristown, N.J.; or Mission K-9 Rescue in Needville, Texas.