Lifetime Educator

Cathryn "Katy" Shevlin

Dresden, Maine

“Katy wanted to support local people and she knew that health care was necessary for everyone.”

Catherine Dudley, Katy’s niece




Cathryn “Katy” Shevlin was an educator in life whose teaching continues even in her absence.

In life, Katy taught first- and second-graders, fostering their love of reading, art and exploration. “Her niche was in capturing the imagination of the little ones,” said Katy’s niece, Catherine Dudley. “She delighted in reading to her grand-nieces and in watching them play.”

Upon passing, she honored her own adamant independence and imagined the same for others by making a planned gift in support of MaineGeneral’s Alzheimer’s Care Center (ACC). Through their residential and adult day programs, the ACC enables Alzheimer’s and dementia-impacted patients to maintain as much autonomy as possible in a safe, engaging environment — all things Katy herself desired as age unfolded.

Born in Dresden, Katy returned there to retire at the age of 53. She dedicating hours of volunteerism to Meals on Wheels, Togus Veterans Hospital and Kennebec Valley Medical Center (KVMC).

“Katy believed in her causes,” Catherine said. “She wanted to support local people and she knew that health care was necessary for everyone.”

In 2003 at age 79, Katy planted a seed of intent by mentioning a planned gift in support of KVMC, now known as MaineGeneral Medical Center, where she received her care. Her modest but consistent annual giving, beginning in 1990, stopped that same year. When she died a decade later, her family carried the torch of her kindness, settling her estate and manifesting a six-figure gift in support of the ACC Endowment.

Katy accomplished much in life. During a time when education and professions were limited for women, she achieved both and was particularly proud of her master’s degree, earned at Case Western University. She was a lover and creator of art. She was also an avid traveler, making her way to Europe and Japan, to Peru and the ruins of Machu Picchu, photographing her adventures as she went. She adored bluebirds, watching them through the seasons and keeping tidy houses for them in her backyard.

“If you knew Katy,” Catherine said, “you couldn’t see a bluebird without thinking of her.”

The youngest of four, Katy had two older sisters and one brother, an epileptic, who was closest to her in age and at heart. It was devastating for her when he passed away at the age of 16, a loss that was preceded by the death of their father and followed by the passing of their mother when she was in her 20s. These losses greatly impacted Katy’s life, possibly contributing to her independence and almost certainly influencing her philanthropy which focused on the medical field.

Katy’s gifts in support of the Epilepsy Foundation of America, the Red Cross and Salvation Army will provide caring for an untold number of people. Her gift to the ACC will keep her quiet light shining as she provides support to patients succumbing to dementia and to their families as they adjust to what is often a difficult new reality. We are grateful for thoughtfulness like hers — thoughtfulness that sees beyond the here and now to ensure a cared-for future for many.

If you want to learn more about planned giving visit our Kennebec Circle page or please call the Office of Philanthropy at (207) 626-1809.

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