A Loss to the School Community

Mrs. Kay Walker Butterfield, legendary educator, colleague, and friend passed away on Sept. 26, 2019. Head of School David Lourie sent the following to the School community.

I write today to our entire St. Anne’s-Belfield School community to share the sad news that longtime faculty member Kay Walker Butterfield passed away yesterday. It is impossible to express adequately the depth and breadth of the impact Kay had on our School during her 57 years of service. Her history class was a milestone experience for hundreds of students, with legions of alumni sharing stories of her intellect, rigor, exactitude, care, and of course, the memories of her research paper assignment. Even decades later, Kay was still able to recall the topics that each student had written about in her class.

Kay’s love for St. Anne’s-Belfield was unmatched. In celebration of the School’s centennial, she authored Teach Them Diligently, a meticulously researched, detailed, and loving history of our School. In the ensuing years, alumnae of St. Anne's School for Girls and alumni of St. Anne’s-Belfield School returned to campus to hear her speak about the finest details of this history and share pictures and stories from her beloved archives. Kay served our alumni and faculty faithfully, writing and editing articles for Perspectives and maintaining strong connections across generations of students and teachers. In her most recent role as School Archivist, Kay single-handedly memorialized the long history of our School and ensured that present and future generations know and appreciate our shared story and are prepared to carry it forward with the same level of dedication, love, and integrity that she herself modeled.

We look forward to the opportunity to raise our voices to Mrs. Walker Butterfield and to celebrate the impact she has had on St. Anne’s-Belfield. We will share information about memorial services as soon as we learn them. In the meantime, please join me in mourning the loss of this legendary educator and dear colleague and friend, and expressing our deepest condolences to Michael, Alex, and Pat.


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