Mary Catherine Strobel Hayes

Mary Catherine super smile-2Mary Catherine, a 2010 New Trier graduate, died of cancer in 2013. Stricken as a 16-year-old Junior, she nonetheless managed to appear in and contribute to many New Trier productions with characteristic exuberance, intensity and humor, always sporting her signature smile. In her senior year, she was co-producer of Lagniappe Potpourri, juggling with aplomb her extensive responsibilities to the show in the midst of relentless chemotherapies and surgeries. While taking a gap year between high school and college to undergo further treatment, Mary Catherine student-taught freshman theatre classes at New Trier under the direction of Nina Lynn – thus briefly fulfilling her dream of one day becoming a theatre teacher. It was a gift to her from New Trier for which her family is forever grateful. Given the rarity of her illness and her unflinching honesty in discussing it throughout her 4 ½-year fight, many knew or knew of Mary Catherine and mourned her passing.