Catherine Fraser Shaw, known to many as "Kay" came to Lake Erie College in 1954 where she served 16 years as associate professor of physical education and head of the department, as well as area chair of human development before being granted the rank of full professor in 1970. She retired in 1987.
During her 33 years at Lake Erie, Fraser Shaw either supervised or taught archery, tennis, bowling, badminton, field hockey, skiing, volleyball, lacrosse, softball, riding and sailing. She also served as advisor to the dwan club, the synchronized swimming club, for 28 years.
Before coming to Lake Erie, she worked as assistant professor of physical education at the University of Maine and instructor of physical training and assistant in intramurals at the University of Texas. She earned her bachelor's degree in physical education from Boston University's Sargent College of Physical Education, and her master's degree in the same field from Smith College.
She was inducted as a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society. She served as counselor for numerous camps, taught junior high and for 20 years, was a national basketball, volleyball and field hockey official.
Shortly after retirement from the physical education department, Fraser Shaw rejoined the Lake Erie staff as assistant to the dean for the academic program abroad. She also served as a volunteer, specializing in the preparation and placement of Lake Erie College students going to The Netherlands.
Upon her retirement, Lake Erie College established an endowed scholarship in her honor. The fund was started with gifts from alumni, colleagues, students and friends. The Catherine F. Shaw Performance Scholarship is awarded to provide merit-based scholarship opportunities for women who have demonstrated leadership in high school and college and who have the potential for leadership on the Lake Erie College campus. Throughout her entire association with Lake Erie College, she has exemplified service and dedication to her students and her college.
The Lake Erie College Hall of Fame Committee recognized all of these efforts and contributions of Kay Shaw to the college's athletic program and department with her induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame on April 24, 1996.