A woman who is known for her philanthropic activities in the Rochester area as well as her connection to the founder of Xerox has died.
Catherine Breslin Carlson was 91. Her friends say she died peacefully on Thursday morning.
Catherine Carlson was originally from Milton, Massachusetts, and moved to Rochester in 1969. She graduated from Boston University with a degree in philosophy, and after graduation embarked on a business career, including assisting the head of Leahy Clinic, working on staff with boat builder George O'Day, traveling for Connecticut General Insurance Company, and serving as registrar and development officer at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.
While in Boston, Catherine met Rochester inventor Chester Carlson and his wife Dorris, and when traveling to Rochester on business, she often stayed at the Carlson home.
Chester Carlson developed the Xerographic process, which eventually led to the founding of the Xerox Corporation.
After Chester Carlson died in 1968, Dorris invited Catherine to assist her and continue Dorris and Chester's philanthropic work and support of spiritual interests. When Dorris died in 1998, Catherine became Chair of the Chester and Dorris Carlson Charitable Trust.