Raymond Franklin Cathcart

Raymond Cathcart

Raymond Franklin Cathcart

1926 - 2018


Raymond Cathcart was born on October 16, 1926, and passed away peacefully on September 22, 2018.


Raymond was born to Myrtle McBrayer Cathcart and John Brock Cathcart in Chattanooga, TN. He lived in Chattanooga through his high school graduation when he joined the US Army. While in the Army, he attended The University of Alabama, from which he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering in 1948. He continued his education at The University of Missouri School of Mines & Metallurgy, earning a Master of Science in Metallurgical Engineering in 1951. After receiving his Masters degree, Raymond was appointed to the faculty at the School of Mines.


Following his time in Missouri, and discharge from the Army, Raymond moved to the Brazosport area, and began work at Dow Chemical. In 1955, he met and married Ann MacLaren; they had two children, John Duncan and Lucy. 


In 1976, Raymond and Ann moved to Houston, where he continued his career with Dow, until retirement in 1983. Following retirement, he founded a small bookkeeping firm, where he worked with the CPA firm in which Ann was a partner. Raymond and Ann fully retired in the mid 1990s, and spent time travelling both abroad, and to their second home in Bennington, Vermont. Raymond also was active in genealogical research, beginning and maintaining a DNA database tying together many “Cathcart” families.  Ann and Raymond returned to live in Lake Jackson in 2014.


Throughout his time in Brazosport, Raymond was involved in the Brazosport Little Theatre and Brazosport Music Theater, as an actor, director, and fundraiser. At the inception of the Brazosport Center for the Arts and Sciences, he was active in the planning and fundraising processes, though he moved from the area as it was opened. In 2015, he returned to the stage in the Center Stages production of “Heaven Can Wait,” in the role of Doc.


Raymond is survived by his children Duncan (and Cindy) Cathcart; Lucy (and Steven) Moore. He also was a loving grandfather to Joshua Cathcart; Bryce (and Kelsey) Cathcart; Nicholas Cathcart; Marshall (and Danielle Vaughan) Moore; Garrett Moore; and great-grandfather to Kayda Cathcart.


The family would like to thank the staff of Carriage Inn and the caregivers of A*Med Community Hospice for their compassionate and skillful care of Raymond.


In lieu of customary remembrances, donations may be made in Raymond’s name to Center Stages, brazosportcenter.org.