Kathryn and Richard met at Harvard University. Kathryn was working at the Center for International Affairs, while Richard was earning his MBA. They were married in Philadelphia in 1972 and moved to Winnipeg where they raised their 4 sons: Taylor '93, David '94, Geoff '98 and John '01.
With a young and growing family, Kathryn devoted herself to their care, while also finding time to pursue her passion for community service. She became a member of the Junior League of Winnipeg, which gave her the management training and experience she needed to become an effective volunteer, subsequently serving on numerous school parent associations and several community boards: The Winnipeg Boys and Girls Clubs, The Volunteer Centre of Winnipeg and the Misericordia Health Centre Foundation. Kathryn served on the St Paul's Parent Guild for 11 years, including 1 year as President, organizing and helping out on countless fund-raising events, socials, and graduation events. She also served on the St Paul's Board of Directors for 3 years, the Bursary Committee, the Parent Advisory Board, and the recent Principal Search Committee.
Richard Bracken, grandson of former Premier of Manitoba, John Bracken, was born and raised in Winnipeg. Richard began his business career when he joined the Corporate Underwriting Department at Richardson Securities in 1972. In 1976, he joined Royal Canadian Securities Limited, an investment and management company owned by the Senator Douglas D. Everett family, as Vice-President, Corporate Development.
Richard served on the St. Paul's Board of Directors for 6 years, including 3 as Chairman of the Board, and he served as Honourary Co-Chair of the Jesuit Legacy Capital Campaign in 2000 the result of which is the Angus Reid Arts and Multi-Media Centre at the School.
Richard served on the City of Winnipeg Civic Pension Fund Investment Committee and as Co-Chairman of the Manitoba Business Council Fiscal Policy Task Force. He also served as Vice-President and Treasurer of the Winnipeg Football Club for a number of years. Previous board memberships include Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg 2000, Centre Venture, 1991 Grey Cup Organizing Committee and the Winnipeg Boys and Girls Club.
St. Paul's was a rewarding experience for Kathryn, Richard, and their sons. They embraced the Jesuit philosophy from the start and feel that their sons have truly benefited from their education and formation at St. Paul's. Kathryn and Richard's participation at St. Paul's, like so many other parents, was a labour of love.
On October 27, 2005 Kathryn Bracken passed away peacefully in Toronto with Richard, her sister and her mother by her side. She was en route to Bermuda for a special family trip with Richard and their sons. Kathryn was a woman for others; she touched many hearts and she was blessed with a legion of friends from near and far. The joy of Kathryn's life was her family and will remain so forever.