July 11: Katherine “Kate” Willard Boyd (1940)

When Epiphany’s parish house was built in 1911, several families endowed the new meeting rooms. Kate Willard Boyd endowed a room on the first floor in memory of her parents who had both died in recent years. The Willard Room, although vastly reconfigured since 1911, still bears the family name today. Kate Willard was born in Washington, D.C. during the Civil War. Her father, Caleb Clapp Willard, had moved to town from Vermont several decades earlier as he and his brothers tried their hand at running a hotel. As the older brothers ran the hotel that still exists today, Caleb went on to own and operate the Ebbitt Hotel as well as acquiring a good amount of downtown property.

Kate Willard and her younger brother, Walter, were baptized at Epiphany in 1869, followed four years later by their father’s baptism and confirmation. Their mother died and was buried from Epiphany in 1874. Caleb Willard would later marry Lucy Stratton Parker. These are two for whom Epiphany’s Willard Room is a memorial. Kate Willard married John C. Boyd at Epiphany in 1887. Boyd was a surgeon and medical director in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps. He was one of the incorporators of the American Red Cross and one of the founders of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. The Boyd’s two children, Alice and Walter, were both baptized at Epiphany. In addition to her philanthropy, Kate Willard Boyd was also on the Boards of the Washington Home for Incurables and the Epiphany Church Home.

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