Kathleen Paige Bohanon, 21, died in her sleep at home on May 8, 2014. She was born October 12, 1992, in Evanston, Illinois, to Nellie King and Tom Bohanon.|
Kathleen excelled at academics and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. A 2012-2013 Beckman Scholar at the University of Chicago, she had been pursuing a degree in Chemistry, Bio Chemistry and Neuroscience.
Kathleen spent her early years living in Mainz, Germany, and Louvain la Neuve, Belgium. In 1995, her family moved permanently to San Diego where she lived in the Carmel Mountain Ranch, 4S Ranch, and La Jolla communities.
As a child, Kathleen was a competitive swimmer, winning the San Diego-Imperial Junior Olympic high point award for 12 and under girls in 2005. For many summers, she enjoyed participating in the San Diego Junior Lifeguard program. She was also an active Brownie and Junior Girl Scout. Kathleen began playing the violin at age four and became an accomplished violinist. She participated in the San Diego Youth Symphony for a number of years. Kathleen loved spending time with the family dog named Winegrapes, a goofy and wonderful Lab-Shepherd mix, who was equally devoted to her.
Kathleen's love of learning began at an early age when she attended Montessori Child Development Center in Poway and Mission Bay Montessori Academy. Graduating from The Bishops School in 2010, she loved Latin, math and science. She was a National Merit Scholar and attended the University of Chicago. In the fall of her sophomore year, she took a bus to the south side of Chicago on Saturdays to attend Olive-Harvey College (a Chicago area city college) to become certified as an Emergency Medical Technician. Her passion for science guided her life – she was particularly interested in anything having to do with the human brain. One of her college friends appropriately described her as, "adorably nerdy and proud of it."
Kathleen was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta at the University of Chicago. Her sorority sisters remember her for her kindness, sincerity, humility, compassion and ability to inspire others. While at the University of Chicago, she participated in a medical mission to Peru. There she assisted doctors with a medical clinic for local women and helped construct a stairway in the hills near a small village. In her free time, she enjoyed yoga, gaming, music of all kinds, and the study of Russian culture and language.
Kathleen is survived by her parents, Nellie and Tom.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 22, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. in the St. Mary's Chapel of The Bishop's School in La Jolla.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.
Published in La Jolla Light on June 19, 2014