Catherine (Kay) Trotter

Catherine (Kay) Ann Carswell (Pallrand) Trotter died peacefully May 16, 2021 surrounded by her family in Princeton, NJ.  Born in Ticonderoga, New York December 2, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Watson Goulder Carswell and Mary (Moore) Carswell.  Kay will be greatly missed by Hale, her treasured husband of 43 years, her children Nannette and Stephen Pallrand (Rachel Mayeri) and her cherished grandchildren Eli and Cora. 

Kay is also survived by her beloved brother John (Helen) - predeceased by her sister-in-law Elaine (Kirby) Carswell - and Elaine and John's five wonderful children, Jim, Sue, Bill, Mandy and Sarah.  She will also be dearly missed by her sister-in-law Jean Trotter (predeceased husband Bernard) - their children Rex (Eliza) and Tory (Tibor), and Rex and Eliza’s children, John, Thomas, Andrew, Marie, Philip, Claire and Martin.  

Kay attended Clark University graduating in 1949 with a BA in English Literature, later receiving her MEd from Columbia University.  Kay married George Pallrand and soon after they moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where Kay had her first teaching job in rural Michigan.  Kay put her teaching on hold while raising her two children. After the family moved to Princeton, and the children were in school and Kay returned to her love of teaching, taking a position with the Princeton school system where she taught grades 5 – 7 for over fifty years. 

Kay met Hale in 1976, they fell in love and married in June of 1977.  Hale was a professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Princeton University and they enjoyed sharing their careers, sabbaticals, traveling to visit Nannette in Brazil, conferences in Finland and points in between.  Kay and Hale would never miss an opera in New York City or a show at the Metropolitan Museum where they were members.  Most cherished were their summers at the family cottage on Lake Cecebe in Ontario, Canada.  Spending time with family, nephews and nieces, neighbors, listening to the call of the loons or waking to watch the northern lights created enduring memories. 

Kay was known for her gregarious personality.  She created many lasting and deep friends over the years with students, colleagues, fellow swimmers, acquaintances, her doctors, and the waitresses at her favorite restaurants.  Kay thrived on personal interaction and close friendship.  She was an avid tennis player, swimmer and skier who loved art, architecture, and knitting.  She was a passionate liberal in politics.

A memorial will be held at the Mather-Hodge funeral home in Princeton on Thursday May 27th between 3 and 5 with an informal service at 4.  Burial will take place at 2PM Saturday 5/29 at the Evergreen Cemetery in Salem, New York.  In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Kay Trotter Gynecologic Oncology Fund” at the Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Donations can be made online at scroll down to the fund name.  Donations can also be mailed to Temple Institutional Advancement, P.O. Box 827651, Philadelphia, PA 19182-7651.   Memo line should note that the donation is in-support of the “Kay Trotter Gynecologic Oncology Fund”