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Two Cedar Lane Members Turn 100!

October 26, 2017

Cedar Lane is joyfully celebrating two centenarians this year! Catherine “Kay” Scott and Fred Peters both turn 100 in 2017, with Kay's birthday falling on September 29th and Fred's on November 1st. Kay has been a member of Cedar Lane since 1958 (59 years), while Fred has been a Cedar Lane member since 1987 (30 years). Both Kay and Fred have been not only active members at Cedar Lane but also very active in the community. It is said that, “you can count the number of seeds in an apple, but not the number of apples in every seed.” This is true also of Kay and Fred. Their commitment to the world at large and within Cedar Lane’s walls will have a lasting impact for generations.

A little more about Kay...Kay is Montgomery College Professor Emerita, having retired in 1986 after nearly 30 years of doing the work she loved. Her commitment to the students at Montgomery College never waned, and in 2007 she established an endowed scholarship in her name. Her latest gift, at age 95, was a $1 million donation to the Montgomery College Foundation. In recognition of her many contributions to Montgomery College, Kay became the first faculty member at Montgomery College to have a building named in her honor.  In addition, she was an active member on the social justice team at the Cedar Lane, and represented the church on the social justice group of the Unitarian Universalist Churches of the Baltimore, Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia area. 

A little more about Fred...Fred came to Washington, DC, in 1939 to work on the 1940 census and was transferred to the War Department in 1940. He was drafted in 1943 and served in the army in India, in logistics, supplying the Chinese with gasoline and other war materials that the US was flying to them “over the hump" (the Himalayas). After the war, Fred continued to live in DC, married in 1948, and then moved to Silver Spring where he raised his children.  Fred joined the Cedar Lane Adult Choir in the mid-80s. The music program has been his main interest at Cedar Lane, and he's participated in several choir fundraisers, especially cabarets.  Fred continues to be a volunteer 'call guy' at the reception desk in the staff office, and also used to volunteer doing security checks in the evenings. 

Happiest of birthdays to both of these talented, warm, smart, generous individuals.  If you see them, make sure to congratulate them on their milestone birthdays!