BANGOR and PALM BEACH, Fla. – Catherine R. (Rogan) Barrett of Bangor and Palm Beach, Fla., 86, died Feb. 24, 2004, in Bangor. “Kae” was born on June 29, 1917, in Brewer, the daughter of Bangor Policeman Francis J. Rogan and Josephine Hayford. Her husband is deceased Bangor allergist Dr. Robert J. Barrett Jr., M.D. Kae Barrett was valedictorian of John Bapst High School in 1934, received her B.A. from St. Elizabeth’s College in New Jersey in 1938, received her master’s in education in 1940 at the University of Maine, and a master’s in social work from Catholic University in 1943. While at Catholic University, she was the assistant of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. Kae Barrett was president of the Auxiliary of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, a director of St. Joseph’s College, Standish, president of the Bangor Junior League, president of the Quipas Club, and a director of Community Health & Counseling Services of Bangor. She was secretary of St. Edward’s Guild of Palm Beach and a member of the Beach Club of Palm Beach, Fla. Mrs. Barrett was also a member of the Colonial Dames, Chapter B P.E.O., the Mayflower Society, the Current Events Club of Bangor, the Daughters of Isabella and the Sodality of St. Mary’s Church, Bangor, and was a member of St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary of Bangor. During the Depression and thereafter Kae worked as a medical social worker for the U.S. Government on the Maine coast. During World War II Mrs. Barrett worked for the Red Cross on Governor’s Island in New York City and thereafter served as a social worker in Bangor at the Ross Home, the Good Samaritan Home and the Community Health & Counseling Services. Kae was also a cellist in the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. Barrett is survived by her children, Robert J. Barrett III and his wife, Catherine Moore Barrett, of Palm Beach, Fla., and Bar Harbor, Bonnie Barrett Clarke and her husband, Jim, of Hanover, Mass., and Mark Barrett and his wife, Kit, of Larchmont, N.Y.; and her seven grandchildren. The Barrett family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Foley Funeral Home, 299 Union St., Bangor. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with Rev. Thomas Lequin, principal celebrant. A reception will immediately follow the Mass at the Isaac Farrar Mansion on the corner of Union and Second Streets in Bangor. Remembrances may be sent to the Catherine and Robert Barrett Scholarship Fund, John Bapst High School, Attn. Joe Sekara, 100 Broadway, Bangor, ME 04401. Anecdotes of Kae Kae Barrett was born in the middle of the Penobscot River in Maine. In 1917 expectant mothers in Bangor crossed the bridge over the Penobscot River to Mrs. Prebles Baby Hospital in Brewer to have their babies. Kae’s mother, Josie, didn’t make it and delivered Kae on the bridge in the middle of the river. Brewer won out as the birthplace on her birth certificate. During Bangor’s Centennial in 1934, The Bangor Historical Society awarded Kae Barrett, senior at John Bapst High School, first prize for the Bangor Centennial High School Essay Contest. Kae’s essay, chosen first from a group of 173 essays, was entitled “The Flood of 1846.” In 2002 at the Bangor Auditorium, Kae was honored at halftime during the Bangor-John Bapst game for being the “First Cheerleader of John Bapst High School.” Years before the game, Kae started the cheering for John Bapst by stepping out of the stands and taking over as a cheerleader. John Bapst lost the game, but in 2002 fortune changed and Kae’s cheers encouraged the John Bapst team toward their victory against Bangor High.
CATHERINE PAULINE ROGAN BARRETT
Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:16 p.m.