Catherine Draper

Friday, July 12, 2002

JACKSON, Mo. -- Catherine Murdoch Draper, 90, died Wednesday, July 10, 2002, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Unger Funeral Home in Rochelle, Ill.

McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of local arrangements.

Mrs. Draper was born Dec. 26, 1911, in Rochelle, daughter of Dr. Thomas and Myrtle Fern Pottenger McEachern. She and Arnold M. Draper were married in 1932. He died in 1951.

Loving survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, C. Thomas and Carol Draper of Jackson; a sister, Mary Margolius of Cape Cod, Mass.; four grandchildren, Laura Bolesta of Webster Groves, Mo., Charles Thomas Draper Jr. of Glendale, Calif., Kimberly Valsamis of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., John A. Stanfield of Wakefield, Mass.; six great-grandchildren, Brandon Jones, Brigette Bolesta, Megan Valsamis, Katlyn Valsamis, Waverley Stanfield and John B. Stanfield.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother and three sisters.

Mrs. Draper graduated from Rochelle High School. She received a bachelor of arts degree from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, a master's degree from the University of Montana at Missoula, and completed her doctoral work at Washington University in St. Louis.

From 1950 to 1954 Mrs. Draper was a professor of sociology and American history at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau.

Other schools she taught at were Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio; Ohio University in Athens, Ohio; University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, Wis.; Moorhead State College in Minnesota; Sangamon State College in Springfield, Ill.; Clayton High School in St. Louis, and was the dean of women at Washington University.

Mrs. Draper was an accomplished violinist and an avid golfer.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the National Audubon Society, 700 Broadway Dept. W, New York, N.Y. 10003; or the Nature Conservancy, 4245 North Fairfax Drive Suite 100, Arlington, Va. 22203-1606.