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Katherine Mildred Keene


1919 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
Katherine Mildred Keene Obituary
Katherine Mildred Keene

Born 18 Sept 1919, Seattle, WA;

Died 7 Dec 2013, Edmonds, WA

Daughter of: Lawrence Bruce Keene (1871-1954) and Barbara Dautermann (1880-1962)

Sister to: Winston Arnold Keene (1917-1985) Katherine attended Daniel Bagley Elementary School, Seattle; graduated Lincoln H.S., Seattle (1936); University of Washington, Seattle (1940) with BA in Sociology; Columbia University Teacher's College, NYC, NY (1949) with MA degree. Katherine attended summer sessions at University of Wisconsin (1952); the American School of Classical Studies, Athens, Greece (1972); and Sophia University International College, Tokyo, Japan (1976). She enlisted in the U.S. Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in December 1942. By November 1943 she was stationed in England, working for the Office of Strategic Services. After the war she served in France and Germany before returning home to Seattle. She attended Columbia University on the G.I. Bill to complete her master's degree, graduating 1949. Katherine's first teaching position was at Forks H.S., Forks, WA; her second teaching position in Aberdeen, WA; and she retired in 1981 after teaching (primarily) world history for 26 years in the Prince George County Public Schools System, Upper Marboro, MD. While residing in the east, Katherine lived in the first federally planned community (Greenbelt, MD) where she was an active member of the community board for many years. She was a member of the Washington Recorder Consort, Washington, D.C.; and as an avid bird watcher she was a member of the Seattle Audubon Society. She was a prolific journalist, painter, an accomplished seamstress, an outspoken advocate for women's rights. A secular humanist, Katherine was a contributing member of the University Unitarian Church in Seattle. Katherine is survived by her sister-in-law Helen Jaekel Keene, her nephew Arnold Duane Keene and her two nieces Linda Marie Keene and Debra Ann Keene.
Published in The Seattle Times from Dec. 23 to Dec. 29, 2013
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