Kathleen passed away July 11, 2013, from natural causes. She was born May 5, 1912, in Los Angeles, California, the only child of Kathleen Martin and Zeno Everett Briggs.|
Kathleen's father was a U.S. Naval Officer, so her early life was spent in different locations where Captain Briggs was posted including China, the Philippines, and the Puget Sound Naval Yard in Bremerton, Washington. Although engaged six times, Kathleen never married. She was ahead of her time as an independent woman and worked as a writer, artist, and real estate investor.
Arriving in La Jolla in the 1950's, she was instrumental in the development and operation of the Athenaeum, a private non-profit music and art library on Wall St. After UCSD opened, Kathleen rented a room in her home to various college students, many of whom remained in touch with her. She also bred dachshunds, played golf, and enjoyed a good joke (especially if they were a little off-color.)
Kathleen is survived locally by her first cousin, John Eustace Beddor of National City and her second cousin, Marina Hollon-Parenti of San Diego.
Her friends have arranged for a memorial to be held at the La Jolla Athenaeum, 1008 Wall St., on Monday, July 29, 2013, at 5:30 pm. All are welcome.
Kathleen was generous not only with her money, but also her time and talent. If you would like to honor her memory, consider volunteering for, or making a monetary donation to Friends of County Animal Shelters (FOCAS), the Athenaeum, the San Diego Youth Symphony, or the Nature Conservancy.
Published in La Jolla Light on July 25, 2013