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September 2, 2011

Catherine Audrey Stewart graduated from Averett in 1940. She went on to receive a bachelor's degree from The University of Maryland in College Park. Despite the fact she attended another school after leaving Averett, Stewart remembered the University in her will, leaving the University more than $150,000. Averett received notification of her generosity through her estate.

After she received her degree from The University of Maryland she began teaching English at Wicomico Senior High School, the same school she had once attended. Later, when James M. Bennett Senior High School opened she was appointed vice principal. Stewart continued to work in education all the way up to the college level. She served as associate dean of students at Salisbury State College, from where she retired.

A member of the Averett Singers when she attended Averett, Stewart's love of music never faltered. She was an organist at Allen Memorial Baptist Church, and was very active in the Community Players, appearing in many shows. She also served on a number of local and statewide committees including serving as past chairman of the board of the Lower Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Stewart passed away Sept. 9, 2010 at Wicomico Nursing Home.