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Catherine Atkins Fagin, age 83 , died of complications of Parkinson’s disease.

She was the daughter of Pauline and Griff Atkins and grew up in North Carolina where she graduated valedictorian from Rocky Mount High School. She attended Salem College in Winston Salem and then graduated from Meredith College with a degree in math education. When she moved to Savannah she attended Armstrong College and obtained her Master’s in Education. In the ensuing years she taught in both public and private schools and lastly taught math at The Savannah Country Day School for twenty years.

Following retirement Catherine volunteered in the public school system as well as her beloved Savannah Country Day School. She also made a new career of volunteering at the 1996 Summer Olympics, was a Docent at the Green-Meldrim House, was active in the Savannah Historic Foundation, especially the Downtown Tour of Homes, and was an active member of the Downtown Garden Club. Catherine was a member and served on various committees at Wesley Monumental Methodist Church and volunteered in various projects at Congregation Mickve Israel where she once served as Administrator of the Sunday School.

In 1980 Catherine married Dr. Ronald Fagin and they put together a blended family with five children: Garland Chick (Mary Anna), Steve Chick (Mary Holmes), Catherine Chick Norton (Tom), Meredith Fagin Malcom (Mike), and Kimberly Fagin Slatkovsky (Ken) as well as twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The funeral service will be held at 1 o’clock Friday afternoon, July 30, 2021, at the graveside, Bonaventure Cemetery, conducted by Rabbi Robert W. Haas.

In lieu flowers please consider a donation to Savannah Country Day School – 824 Stillwood Drive, Savannah, Georgia 31419 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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  1. Bruce and Ingrid Jacobs says:


    We will miss you dearly and cherish the memories we have of our times together over the years. Heartfelt condolences to the entire Fagin/Atkins family.

    Bruce and Ingrid

  2. Barbara M Price says:

    What a sweet lady. I am so pleased to of spent some time with her.
    My deepest Sympathy to the family and friends.

  3. Timothy McLanahan says:

    Mrs. Fagin literally changed the trajectory of my life and I am forever grateful to her and her family. My sincere condolences for a great loss.

  4. Elizabeth Levy Karen says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Catherine’s passing. She was my 4th grade math teacher at SCDS. Thirty years later, she is still a standout when I think about the most impactful teachers I had in my 14 years there. I also have fond memories of seeing her at Congregation Mickve Israel throughout my childhood. She will be missed!

  5. Joseph Bell says:

    She was my math teacher when I was at Savannah Country Day School. She was a very nice lady and always made sure she was there for all her students. She will definitely be missed.

  6. Charles Ferris says:

    Pam and I are very sorry for your loss.

  7. Dee Pinckney says:

    We are very sad to hear the news. Though she taught me many years ago, I still remember being in her class. She was one of my favorite teachers during my life with SCDS. My prayers are with her and the family.

  8. Mollie White says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Catherine’s passing. I not only knew her from SCDS, but I also worked closely with her at The Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens. What a wonderful lady! She will truly be missed. Her family, friends and loved ones are in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Toby W. Hollenberg says:

    It was a true privilege to know Catherine, a kind, interesting, intelligent cheerful and very special woman. It is obvious that she impacted the lives of many people in wonderful ways. She will be missed but her memory will live on.

  10. Adger Ross says:

    Blessings for the Chick and Fagin families. Mrs. Chick/Fagin made an early impression on me in the 4th grade and for many years after at SCDS. Many years after SCDS, her recall of some small detail of school was wonderful. A few years ago at Popa’s I looked up to see her waiving at me. Smiles and a good conversation ensued. Very nice memories. Prayers.

  11. Rick Belford says:

    Steve, Susan and I are very sorry for your loss.

  12. Jeanne Armstrong says:

    Dr.Fagin and family, my deepest sympathies for the loss of a beautiful lady.

  13. Linda and Steve Novack says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. We remember Catherine as a sweet nurturing, wonderful person.

  14. Phyllis Skeffington says:

    I was so sorry to learn the sad news about Catherine.We worked together at SCDS as Math teachers in the Lower School, and I learned what a dedicated and caring person Catherine could be. We also worked together in the Downtown Garden Club and the special Victorian Teas sponsored by our Garden Club. Catherine was always completely devoted ro any task she undertook, and always finished her goals with success. My prayers and thoughts are with the Fagin and Chick families. I willl always remember Catherine as a special person who used her gifts and talents to enrich others.

  15. Peggy Byck says:

    What an amazingly warm, friendly, genuinely sincere person who welcomed me to Savannah 35 years ago after marrying the love of my life David. Heartfelt sympathy to all of the family from both of us.

  16. Tommy Holland says:

    Prayers for this entire family. She is at peace and in a better place than we.

  17. John Northup says:

    I remember Mrs. Fagin fondly from my 4th grade class at SCDS. Even at that age, I was aware of what a special teacher she was, and I was always happy to see her on campus and exchange a few words as I progressed through SCDS. She was a true asset to the school and community, and will be missed! My condolences to her family.

  18. Jake Ross says:

    My condolences and prayers to your family. God bless.

  19. Mindy Nash says:

    Mrs. Fagin radiated kindness, intelligence, good humor, and love. May her memory be forever a blessing. Much love and support to Dr. Fagin and the entire family.

  20. Suzy Buelvas Casey says:

    I am so saddened to learn of Mrs. Fagin’s passing. My sincerest condolences to her family and especially Dr. Fagin. I remember when she was my math teacher at SCDS and how we giggled over the idea of her dating Dr. Fagin. She was always so warm, generous, and kind. Love to you Merri and Kim and the entire family. Suzy

  21. Beth A. Kinstler says:

    Ron, I am so sorry for your loss. Catherine and I were members of the Downtown Garden Club and all of us were neighbors when I was still living downtown. She was a dear lady and I shall not forget her.

  22. Christy Coom says:

    Ron, our deepest condolences to you and your family. Catherine was a smart and beautiful lady. We will miss her. Sending comfort prayers your way. Christy and Ellis

  23. Beth Martin says:

    My condolences to Dr. Fagin and his entire family. Catherine was such a sweet and kind lady and is now at peace.

  24. Tiffany Kolat says:

    I am so sorry to hear the news about Catherine Fagin. I know she will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. Prayers to her family.

  25. Howard and Ramona Mackinnon says:

    Dear Ron and family. Howard and I were so saddened to learn of Catherines death. Please accept our love and heartfelt condolences

  26. Powel Everette says:

    I am so sorry to hear of her passing. Ms. Chick was one of my favorite teachers at SCDS. She was so kind, patient and helpful. I have fond memories of being in her class and learned a lot from her. Prayers to her family and all who love her.

  27. Joan Montford says:

    I am saddened by the loss of this beautiful woman. The world will be a bit colder without her warm and comforting spirit. I am blessed to have known her as well as her dear husband, Ron. Rest In Peace, Katherine and thank you for the light you gave to each of us.

  28. Nora Sue Spencer says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Catherine’s passing. She was a wonderful teacher to my children, Jennifer and Christopher Spencer, as well as a colleague to me during the years I was there (1981-1988) as an assistant in the lower school. What a joy to have spent so much time with her! Prayers and condolences to Ron and all of the family.

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