June 26, 2017 — Catherine M. Wright, program manager of the Career Development Office at the University of Houston Law Center, died June 21 at the age of 48 due to complications related to a recent diagnosis of leukemia.
"Catherine was a beloved friend and champion of the Law Center," said Dean Leonard M. Baynes. "She had a very positive impact on faculty, staff, students and alumni."
"Catherine had a unique light that shined on everyone who had the fortune to meet her," said Tiffany J. Tucker, interim assistant dean for Career Development. "She loved all people, never met an animal that she didn't want to cuddle, and made everyone she encountered feel special and cared for. We are all better people for having known such a beautiful spirit."
Wright joined the CDO Office in 2005, coordinating student programs and on-campus interviewing opportunities. She joined the Law Center Student Services staff in 2001 as coordinator of student organizations, and previously served as a disability counselor at the University of Mississippi.
Born in Chicago on March 25, 1969, Wright earned a degree in sociology at Arizona State University where she also worked as a campus recreation facility coordinator.
"Catherine was a friend to everyone with whom she came in contact," said Allison H. Regan, assistant dean for Law Alumni Relations and former assistant dean for Career Development. "Catherine was always available with a smile, whether it was a student musing about his or her career trajectory, an employer visiting campus to interview students, or a fellow staff member. The outpouring of support her family has received illustrates the void she has left."
Wright is survived by her husband, Alan, and two children, Madeline and Ethan.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 30, at Kingwood United Methodist Church, 1799 Woodland Hills Dr., Kingwood, TX 77339.
An account has been set up for those wishing to contribute to the Madeline and Ethan Wright Scholarship Fund. Contributions may be made at any Wells Fargo Bank branch.
A Catherine Wright Memorial Scholarship has been established for UHLC law students or recent graduates "who exhibit her same caring, compassion and kindness." Contributions may be made in her name at https://giving.uh.edu/law/.