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CAROLYN GRANT FAY

1914-2016

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Carolyn Grant Fay was born on the 6th of Novem­ber, 1914 and died on Tues­day, the 9th of Au­gust, 2016.

Born 101 years ago on Galveston Is­land (BOI) to John F. Grant and Ho­moi­selle Daven­port Ran­dall, Carolyn moved with her par­ents to Hous­ton in 1915.

Carolyn at­tended The Kinkaid School in Mar­garet Hunter’s house on El­gin Street from kinder­garten through 9th grade, and at­tended San Jac­into High School where she met the love of her life, her fu­ture hus­band, Ernest Bel Fay. She then en­rolled at the Madeira School. Af­ter grad­u­a­tion, she at­tended Vas­sar Col­lege, while Ernest stud­ied at Har­vard. On June 11, 1936, a few days af­ter Carolyn’s grad­u­a­tion, they were mar­ried in New York City. The very next day, Ernest, an avid sailor, left to sail in the Ber­muda Race. Carolyn fol­lowed him on the Queen of Ber­muda. The Fays spent 50 happy years sailing, danc­ing, trav­el­ing, and laugh­ing through life with their many won­der­ful friends. Af­ter 50 years of mar­riage, Ernest died while rac­ing his sail­boat on Galveston Bay.

At mid-life, Carolyn de­vel­oped a pas­sion for Jun­gian psy­chol­ogy, study­ing first with Ruth Thacker Fry. In 1958 Carolyn, along with Alma Lloyd, Ella Win­ston, and Ethel Kurth, had the vi­sion to found The C.G. Jung Ed­u­ca­tional Cen­ter of Hous­ton, Texas. Carolyn served as pres­i­dent of the board of trustees for 30 years and was a role model for us all. Her pas­sion ex­panded to in­clude dance ther­apy and in her pur­suit, she stud­ied at the Univer­sity of Hous­ton, the Univer­sity of Ari­zona, and re­ceived her MA in coun­sel­ing and dance ther­apy from God­dard Col­lege.

Over the years, she be­came a coun­selor and a teacher and in­cor­po­rated dance move­ment and other ex­pres­sive arts into her work. In ad­di­tion, she de­vel­oped a pri­vate prac­tice at The Jung Cen­ter. She en­larged the fo­cus of The Jung Cen­ter by creat­ing and adding the School of Ex­pres­sive Arts to pro­vide dif­fer­ent av­enues to ex­pe­ri­ence Jung’s con­cepts. She taught dance ther­apy based on Jun­gian psy­chol­ogy. In 2014, The Jung Cen­ter named the Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award af­ter Carolyn Fay in honor of her 100th birthday. She was reg­is­tered by the Amer­i­can Dance Ther­apy As­so­ci­a­tion and The Academy of Dance Ther­a­pists.

In ad­di­tion to The Jung Cen­ter, Carolyn served on the board of di­rec­tors for The Ju­nior League of Hous­ton, The Men­tal Health As­so­ci­a­tion of Hous­ton and Har­ris County, and DePelchin Chil­dren’s Cen­ter.

Carolyn was a mem­ber of Texas Corinthian Yacht Club, Hous­ton Coun­try Club, Ju­nior League of Hous­ton, Bayou Club, Bolero Club, Gar­den Club of Hous­ton, The Ar­gyle, and The Na­tional So­ci­ety of Colo­nial Dames of Amer­ica.

Her phi­lan­thropy was wide­spread and in­cluded con­tri­bu­tions to The Jung Cen­ter, The Univer­sity of Hous­ton, MD An­der­son Cancer Cen­ter, The Texas Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Vas­sar Col­lege, Madeira School, The Fay School and the es­tab­lish­ment of the Grant/Fay Park in the Texas Med­i­cal Cen­ter in mem­ory of her par­ents.

She was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band, Ernest Bel Fay, and her son, John Spencer Fay. Carolyn is sur­vived by daugh­ters: Marie Fay Evnochides and hus­band Steve, and Carolyn (Randi) Yocum and hus­band Sam. She is also sur­vived by her grand­chil­dren: Jen­nifer Fay, John Fay and wife Christina, Sam Yocum and wife Vir­ginia, Ken Yocum and wife Cal, Amy Fay Kuen­stler, her great-grand­chil­dren: Naomi Fay Evnochides, Siena Yocum, Chris­tian Yocum, and Carolyn Grace Lither­land, and her step grand­chil­dren: Fawnee Evnochides and Ge­orge Du­cas and his chil­dren Grace and Will Du­cas.

The fam­ily ex­tends its deep­est ap­pre­ci­a­tion to Jean­nine North­cutt and all of Carolyn’s nurses and care­tak­ers for their com­pas­sion­ate care that Carolyn re­ceived dur­ing the last few years of her life.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held at Christ Church Cathe­dral, 1117 Texas Av­enue, on Satur­day, Au­gust 13th at half past ten o’clock in the morn­ing. Im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing, a re­cep­tion cel­e­brat­ing her life will be held in the Great Hall. Valet park­ing will be avail­able at the church.

In lieu of cus­tom­ary re­mem­brances, the fam­ily re­quests me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions in Carolyn’s honor be made to The C.G. Jung Ed­u­ca­tional Cen­ter En­dow­ment Fund and sent to The C.G. Jung Ed­u­ca­tional Cen­ter, 5200 Mon­trose Blvd., Hous­ton, TX 77006, or a char­ity of your choice.

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