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Catherine Gallagher, International Educator

WESTPORT, Conn. – Westport resident Catherine Farrington Gallagher, an educator who taught in Liberia and other places around the world, died June 26. She was 57.

Gallagher was born Sept. 8, 1953, in Forest Hills, N.Y., where she attended Forest Hills High School. In 1975, she received a BA in elementary education from Emerson College, and in 1984 she received a master's in applied linguistics from Columbia University School of Education.

Gallagher began her career in 1975 as a teacher in Monrovia, Liberia, where her future husband, Steve Glovinsky, worked for the United Nations. They married in June 1979 and moved to Westport in 1993.

Gallagher also taught at schools in Nepal, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Ghana. When she returned to the United States in 1987, she worked as an educational sales representative for Wright Group Publishing.

In 2007, Gallagher and her daughter, Joanna, started Surya Gems, a jewelry venture in which they repurposed Indian jewelry for American tastes. In her downtime, Gallagher enjoyed reading, gardening, cooking and entertaining.

In addition to her husband and daughter, Gallagher is survived by her son, Mac Alexander, her father, Richard, and her sister, Cynthia.

A memorial service will take place at 3 p.m. Friday, July 8, at the Unitarian Church in Westport. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to literacy programs such as Reading is Fundamental or Pencils of Promise .

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