Catherine Burns Gill

August 18, 1936November 15, 2015
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CATHERINE BURNS GILL " Cathie" Of Washington, DC passed away November 15, 2015 from an aneurysm. She was 79. Cathie was born in Salem, MA in 1936 to James Clifford Burns and Myrtie Rix Burns. She graduated from Mary A. Burnham School (now Stoneleigh Burnham) in 1954 and Boston University in 1958. After her graduation, she traveled through Europe for a year as a family tutor. Upon her return she moved to the Washington area, worked as a teacher at Beauvoir School and met and married her husband, Dr. John R. Gill, Jr., in 1964.

In the early 1980's Cathie discovered her true passion in residential real estate. Early on she worked for W. C. & A. N. Miller and Begg Real Estate. In 1985 she founded her own firm, Cathie Gill, Inc., after selling "The Rocks" estate in Crestwood to Senator and Mrs. Jay Rockefeller. That sale was one of the highest sales in the nation that year. She was the top individual agent for dollar volume in DC for several years and established a highly regarded woman-owned business with as many as 50 real estate agents. Over the years her boutique firm handled over a billion dollars worth of transactions.

One of her most notable sales was the Phillips estate on Foxhall Road, which sold in December 2005 for $21,250,000. That sale remains the third highest in Washington, DC history and is now the Phillips Park development. Cathie ran her business like a family and also utilized her experience as a teacher. Her desk was a teacher's desk and her office was open like a classroom. She had many Japanese interns who learned from her and took those skills back to Japan. Cathie loved the opportunity to meet and work with a wide variety of people and she relished the chance at helping them find the perfect home. She represented foreign governments, prominent local families, universities, as well as recent college graduates looking for apartments. Whether calling about renting an apartment or buying a mansion, anyone would get Cathie's attention and interest. Among women real estate agents and clients, Cathie was known for her style by wearing colorful and fashionable clothing.

She was an active member of The Sulgrave Club and the Chevy Chase Club. She was also a member of the congregation of the Christ Church, Georgetown for over 50 years.

She is survived by her three children, Helen Arnold (Anderson) of Palm Beach, FL, Catherine Jacobson (Izaak) of Longmont, CO and John R. Gill, III of Washington, DC; four grandchildren, Isabella, Hannah, Samuel and Zachary Jacobson; and many extended relatives and great friends. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 51 years, Dr. John R. Gill, Jr.

Funeral services will be held on December 4, 2015 at Christ Church, Georgetown, 3116 O Street, NW, Washington, DC at 10:30 a.m. A reception will follow in Keith Hall. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Cathie Gill's memory are encouraged to offer donations to Christ Church, Georgetown.



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Jay Dixson

December 6, 2015

My condolences, I am very sorry to hear of Catherine's passing. Life is so precious, every day counts.

December 3, 2015

To the family of Cathie.

We are so sad to hear of the passing of Cathie.

Cathie was a lovely lady and such a successful realtor and I feel honored to have had the opportunity to work with her for so many years. She will be missed by all but we know that she and John are now together again.

Jack and Vickie White

William Grote

December 2, 2015

from Bill Grote-- My condolences on the loss of John, with whom I served on the CCGT vestry, and Cathie, whom I remember as the beautiful white rose in a Christmas pageant. Cathie Gill found tenants for my rental house in Glover Park. May John and Cathie rest in peace and light perpetual shine upon them.

Allison Lawler

November 27, 2015

My beloved aunt and real estate inspiration. Great memories of summer visits to Aunt Cathie's and Uncle John's home. Always the fashionista, decades ago she bought me a cute white tennis dress at the Chevy Chase Club that later on caught the eye of my husband to be when we had just met : ) She also impressed on me the importance of staying in good physical shape and encouraged me to begin lifting weights about 11 yrs ago, which I discovered I loved and has made such a positive impact on my life. Thank you Aunt Cathie. You are loved and missed,

Michael Davitt

November 25, 2015

Please accept my deepest sympathy on your loss of the beautiful Cathy. She lit up the room when she entered and was wonderful company. My heart breaks for you.

November 23, 2015

Lovely lady and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.
Dr Mary Ella Carter and staff

November 23, 2015

My sympathy for the family. God will help you to endure because he cares for you ( 1Peter 5 : 7 ).

November 22, 2015

You have my deepest sympathy, May the God of loyal love comfort the family during your time of sorrow

November 21, 2015

"Can our Love take us away together? Yes, I believe our Love can do anything we want." The Notebook.
True Soulmates. I was blessed to get to know them at Curry Manor. God Bless you two and your family. Citsi Murray (Joe's daughter)

Peggy Murray Sheridan

November 21, 2015

Deepest condolences from the Murray Family who had the pleasure of getting to know Dr and Mrs Gill from their stay at Curry Manor. She lit up the room when she walked in with a colorful bow in her hair and beautiful smile and manner. Dr Gill was a true gentleman;so smart and kind. We will truly miss both of them!