Katherine Gregory Thomas (1898-1994) was born into a family well known for their significant role in the development of the oil boom in Western Pennsylvania, but much of her life centered around Washington, D.C. Known as Kay, she attended National Park Seminary, a finishing school for well-to-do young ladies famous for its impressive and internationally-influenced architecture. Kay devoted much of her time to philanthropic efforts, especially to causes in Washington, DC; she gave generously to the St. Albans school and bequeathed one of the largest ever monetary gifts to the National Cathedral. In the 1930s, Kay and her husband, attorney Charles McGill Thomas, moved to “Windy Knoll,” a 250-acre dairy farm in Maryland, where she remained the rest of her life.
Mrs. Thomas’ emerald ring was acquired from Galt & Bro. Inc. Opened in Washington, D.C. in 1802, Galt was one of the oldest jewelry stores in the US when it closed its doors in 2001 and served many notable historical figures including Abraham Lincoln, Alexander Graham Bell, and Eleanor Roosevelt.
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