Memorials

Memorials

In Memorial to those who shaped the philosophy of Katrina’s Dream…

William “Wugsy” Gaines Swanson owned and operated the boat diving business Got Zinc? and was a co-founder of Katrina’s Dream died of natural causes in May 2013.  William and Helene were married by his parents the Rev. Katrina Martha Van Alstyne Welles Swanson and the Rev. George Gaines Swanson on June 21. 2004 on the Summer Solstice of a Leap Year.  He was dedicated to his sons Robert R. River de Boissiere- Rudl and Harold Michael de Boissiere-Rudl spending time talking to them of his world travels and family tradition of being of service to G_d and G_d’s people. William was often seen outside of the West Gate of San Quentin State Prison holding monthly candlelight vigils in opposition to the death penalty.  Read more.

Rev. Kathryn A. Piccard was a priest serving the Diocese of Massachusetts.  She had a rare genetic disorder of the connective tissue. She functioned as a resource and contact on disability issues, keeping track of the Church Pension Fund’s policies and the attainment of accessibility goals in the diocese.  Piccard wrote a number of scholarly papers and books regarding on Feminist Theology, Gender Neutral Liturgical language, a number of resolutions for the General Convention of the Episcopal Church.  Kathryn was Spiritual Director to both William Swanson as he worked on formalizing his ordination and to Helene de Boissiere – Swanson on her pilgrimage across the USA.  Click here for her Obituary 

George R. de Boissiere was a native New Yorker who was brought up on the Upper West Side died of natural causes in December 2018.  George was a teacher and a Park Slope (Brooklyn, NY) institution  Reared by a single mother, Helen, and a grandfather, who both survived World War II in England.  George was intracal from the inception of the founding of Katrina’s Dream as to how best promote the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.  After the death of William Swanson and again after the death of Rev. Kathryn Piccard George picked up the slack in giving his wise counsel and advising on how to promote the program The Call.   To read more on George Click Here.

The Rev. George Gaines Swanson, 86, an Episcopal priest and activist musician, died Dec. 5 in Lexington, Mass., where he had been receiving hospice care for several weeks. He had suffered for some years from heart disease and metastatic melanoma.

His wife, the Rev. Katrina Welles Swanson, who died in 2005, was one of 11 women who were “irregularly” ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in 1974. That action, while highly controversial at the time, led to the Episcopal Church’s formal approval of the priestly ordination of women two years later.

Father Swanson, a native of San Francisco, CA, by his account combined his high school years with stints as a “hot shot” Forest Service firefighter, steelworker, construction laborer, Fuller Brush man, NRA rifle instructor, and fruit picker. He subsequently was a graduate of Harvard College and the General Theological Seminary in New York. At General, he founded the Chelsea Theater Guild ND played leading roles in several of its productions. After ordination to the priesthood, he served churches in Menlo Park and Coalinga, CA, Botswana, Kansas City, MO, and Jersey City, NJ. During his time in the African nation of Botswana, he became widely known as he toured the country’s towns and villages singing Botswana’s new national anthem as he accompanied himself on the banjo. To read more Click Here