Christine Givan, National Cathedral School official

August 28, 2013

Christine Givan, who retired in 1988 as head of the lower school at National Cathedral School in Washington, died Aug. 16 at an assisted-living center in Charlottesville. She was 95.

The cause was cancer, said a son-in-law, Nickerson Miles.

Mrs. Givan joined National Cathedral School, a private school for girls, in 1964 and spent four years as an English and religious-studies teacher. As the wife of a Foreign Service officer, she spent several years in Geneva before rejoining the school in the early 1970s.

She took over the lower school, serving grades four to six, in 1976. During her 12 years in that job, she helped start an after-school program.

Christine Lindblom Cadigan was a native of Mount Vernon, N.Y., and was a 1940 graduate of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. She began her teaching career two years later at Northfield Seminary in Massachusetts, now part of the private Northfield Mount Hermon school.

She moved to Charlottesville from McLean in the late 1990s.

In 2003, Mrs. Givan self-published a collection of essays, “We Shape Our Dwellings and Afterwards They Shape Us,” inspired by a quotation attributed to former British prime minister Winston Churchill.

Her husband of 58 years, Walker Givan, died in 1999. Survivors include three children, Christopher Givan of Edmond, Okla., Margaret Miles of Wyckoff, N.J., and Gail Thorburn of Fyvie, Scotland; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein

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