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Catherine L. 'Cathy' McAuliffe, executive assistant

Cathy McAuliffe, who had been an executive assistant to three St. Paul's School for Boys headmasters, died.

Catherine L. "Cathy" McAuliffe, who had been an executive assistant to three St. Paul's School headmasters, died Jan. 2 at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pa., of a brain aneurysm.

The former Westminster resident was 66.

The daughter of Philip S. Ball Jr., an analyst at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, and Madeleine M. Ball, a research librarian, Catherine Lee Ball was born in Chicago and later moved with her family to Clarksville in Howard County.

She was a graduate of Glenelg High School and had attended Auburn University.

Ms. McAuliffe began her career in 1984 as an executive assistant at St. Paul's Brooklandville campus, and for the next 26 years worked closely with three headmasters, Bob Hallett Tom Reid and Jack Ordeman, until retiring in 2010.

"Her warm personality and caring nature made her a friend to many in the St. Paul's community, touching many lives during her time here," said a St. Paul's announcement of her death.

A lifelong environmentalist, during her years at St. Paul's she had great influence on sustainability practices at the school. In recognition of her work, trustees and a former headmaster created the Catherine McAuliffe Environmental Stewardship Endowment Fund.

In 1971, she married Lawrence J. McAuliffe, an information technology network administrator.

After retiring, the couple moved in 2010 to Pocono Lake in Blakeslee, Pa., where Ms. McAuliffe worked part time work with the Nature Conservancy in northeastern Pennsylvania.

She was an avid Ravens fan.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the St. Paul's Chapel, 11152 Falls Road, Brooklandville.

In addition to her husband of 43 years, Ms. McAuliffe is survived by a son, Sean McAuliffe of Keyport, N.J.; three brothers, James Ball of Westminster, Michael Ball of Ellicott City and Philip Ball of Chattanooga, Tenn.; a sister, Susan Mackewich of Red Bank, N.J.; and two grandchildren.

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