Katryna Regan Gould

Caregivers Spokeswoman

Katryna Regan Gould, 56, a former project manager with Pepco who became a national spokeswoman for caregivers, died of cancer June 19 at George Washington University Hospital. She was a resident of the District.

Mrs. Gould was born in Greeley, Colo. Her father worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development, so she spent her childhood in Nepal, Iran and Lebanon. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in the District in 1966 and received her undergraduate degree in sociology from Trinity College in 1972.

She worked as a sociologist at the Urban Institute and a researcher for the Organized Crime Task Force in the early 1970s. She worked briefly for the U.S. Regulatory Council from the late 1970s until 1981 and for Pepco, beginning in 1982.

She was a project manager at Pepco when she left in 1993 to raise her son and care for her mother-in-law. In 1997, all three of them, as well as her husband, appeared on the ABC-TV program, "Good Morning America-Sunday" as an example of a "sandwich generation" family, a term that describes the phenomenon of one generation caring for both older and younger generations at the same time. The TV appearance launched Mrs. Gould's career as something of an unofficial spokeswoman for caregivers, and she participated in several national forums on caregiving.

She also was a founder of the Capital Interfaith Hospitality Network, a group of churches providing food and shelter for homeless Washington families. She served on the boards of the Aged Woman's Home of Georgetown, the National Adult Day Services Administration, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Adult Day Health Center at IONA and on the parish council of Blessed Sacrament Church in the District.

Survivors include her husband of 15 years, Peter Henry Gould; a son, Paul Henry Gould; and her mother, Mary Elizabeth Jordan Regan, all of the District.