Catherine French, a dedicated member of the steeplechase community best known for her photography, died early on Friday, Sept. 20, after a months-long battle with cancer.
Her commitment to the steeplechasing world knew few bounds. After her lung-cancer diagnosis early this year, she continued to honor her commitments to her photography clients despite debilitating treatments.
On the course, she was much more than a photographer. When the situation warranted, she would help to shut down a fence and wave around the field if a rider or horse might be in danger. She also would make certain that the winner’s circle was properly organized for both the race winners and the crew of photographers.
In addition to her photography duties, she served for several years as executive director of the National Steeplechase Museum in Camden, S.C., where she lived. An accomplished tennis player, she was active in Camden’s civic life and in her church.
Funeral services are pending.
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