WESTPORT, Conn. - Catherine “Peggy” Rabut of Westport died May 29. She was 97.
Rabut: was a 1938 graduate of Smith College with a Masters in education from Columbia University, she taught elementary school for several years before her marriage to illustrator Paul Rabut. They moved to Westport in 1949, she returned to teaching first grade in the Westport school system and retired at age 69.
After retirement she traveled with groups such as Global Volunteers and Global Citizens Network, she helped dig ditches in Guatemala, build a medical clinic in Kenya, and assemble street signs in Mississippi, among other efforts. She participated in yoga and French classes at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, and with the Fairfield County Symphony Society as a violinist.
Rabut is survived by her sister, Mary Burns of Sea Girt, N.J.; brother, Rollin Polk of San Antonio, Texas; children, Glenn Rabut (Martha Benson) of Baltimore, Md., Laurie Rabut of Shutesbury, Mass., Guy Rabut of New York City, and Sue Rabut of Boston; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Rabut’s life will be held at The Unitarian Church in Westport later this summer.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Rabut’s name may be made to Amnesty International USA, 5 Penn Plaza, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10001 ( http://www.amnestyusa.org/donate-to-amnesty ) or to The Laurie Rabut String Scholarship Fund (this fund provides instruments and lesson books for students in need) c/o Amherst Regional Public Schools Business office, 170 Chestnut St., Amherst, MA 01002.
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