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Volunteer Award Winner:
Catherine Somerville

Museum Shop - February 2011

The Museum Shop Volunteer Committee has chosen to honor Catherine Somerville as its 2011 Volunteer of the Year.

A native Detroiter, Catherine is the daughter of Irish immigrants. She attended Detroit Public Schools, then earned her associate in arts degree from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. She took a job at Bell Telephone Company, but later left after marrying her husband, Hector, to become full-time mother to their three children. When her youngest child entered the first grade, Catherine enrolled at Wayne State University and earned her bachelor of science degree. She became a teacher in the Detroit Public School system and, while teaching, earned her master’s degree in education from Wayne State.

After 21 years of teaching, Catherine retired and turned her attention and talents to volunteer work at such organizations as The Open Door and Redford Interfaith Relief. One day, while attending a street fair, Catherine met the then-chairman of the DIA Membership Committee and accepted her invitation to become a volunteer at the museum. So began her 18 years of volunteer service with the DIA.

Catherine also devotes much time to travel and has visited many countries throughout Asia, South America, and Europe.

The Museum Shop Volunteers congratulate Catherine Somerville on being their 2011 Volunteer of the Year.

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