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BRANDT--Katherine E., died at home in Charlottesville, VA on August 4, 2019 under the care of her family with the expert guidance of the University of Virginia Palliative Care Clinic. She was 54. Beloved wife of Kimberly D. Acquaviva and devoted mother of Greyson K. Acquaviva. Survivors include sister-in-law Terri Brandt McGrath (James), father-in-law Philip C. Acquaviva (Virginia Bertrand), sister-in-law Jennifer (Acquaviva) Bass (Warren), brother Theodore L. Brandt (Selena), BFFs Gary Gardia (Dennis McClure) and Kathleen Taylor, and countless family members and friends. Kathy was preceded in death by her parents Ann Lowden Brandt and Robert Eugene Brandt, and much-loved aunts Mary Lowden and Betty Lowden Hansford. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College (1987), Kathy championed hospice and palliative care for more than 30 years, working to improve timely access to quality care. Among her many accomplishments, she was the author and editor of the NCP Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th edition. She was a member of Friends Meeting of Washington and a longtime volunteer with Capitol Hill Scouts Troop 500. A Memorial Meeting for Worship will be held October 26th at 2:00pm at Friends Meeting of Washington. From the time Kathy was diagnosed with clear cell ovarian cancer six months ago, she was clear with her family that the cause of death should be listed as the Trump Presidency in her obituary. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to whichever candidate secures the Democratic nomination even if you really wish someone better were running.  

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Published in New York Times on Aug. 9, 2019.
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02:00 PM
Friends Meeting of Washington
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August 23, 2019
Kathy was one of the first "hospice " people I met when I began working in hospice care in the 1980s. Bright, delightful individual. It saddens me that the world of hospice and palliative care has lost one of the leaders. And each of you has lost someone you love. She came as a consultant to our office before I retired. I send love and prayers to each of you. She made a difference in this world. Kathryn
kathryn grigsby
August 19, 2019
We didn't live in the same part of the country, but I think we would have enjoyed each other's company. I will definitely abide by your wishes. The Democrat 2020. Rest in Peace.
Patty Curlett
August 15, 2019
Never knew you, Katherine, but I'm sure we'd have been friends. My donations will be in your name.
Margaret Goforth
August 14, 2019
Although I never had the honor of meeting Katherine I am a Family Ambassador along with her wife Kim for Greyson's school, Emerson College. I am also a stage 3 breast cancer survivor so I can only say that Katgerines bravery in dealing with her cancer diagnosis humbled me. I know that Gods light is upon her and she clearly gave so much to the universe through her advocacy for those in Hospice care. I promise that I will donate generously to every Democratic campaign in her name so that 45 is not reelected. ♥
Maureen Francois
August 13, 2019
Kathy and I traveled in many of the same Hospice circles and although we did not know each other well I respected her work tremendously. May peace, love and laughter echo loudly each day. I too will pledge as she requested and pray that she gathers all the angels to help us in this next election.
Jeanne Chirico
August 12, 2019
I'm happy to honor Kathy Brandt's last wishes with a donation to the Democratic candidate in her memory. I won't forget her words regarding her cause of death and send my deepest sympathy to her friends and family.
Kelly Fisher
August 12, 2019
I have just seen Katherine's obituary today after so many months, and I salute her as a fellow uncommon woman from MHC and praise her for requesting her family and friends list Trump as the cause of her death. My sympathy to those of you who have lost such a fine person who clearly is gone too soon.
Katharine Herzog
August 12, 2019
I offer my condolences to Kathy's family and friends. As others have said, I did not know Kathy. This is my loss. But I know of her now and will promise to follow her request to donate to the candidate who runs against trump. This was sent to me by my daughter . I am thankful to have received,
Maryann Bradley
August 12, 2019
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Joyce Danneker
August 12, 2019
My sympathies to her friends and family and my gratitude for the things she did in this life. I will make sure that I do my part to make her dying wish come true. Peace.
August 12, 2019
Didn't know Katherine Brandt, but, after reading her funny and challenging obit, I wish I had known her. I've sent it to everyone I know who yearns for ABT -- Anybody But Trump -- and I pledge to do as she asked when the time comes. Fly on, Katherine Brandt, and thanks for going out with such spirit.
August 12, 2019
What an extraordinary woman. And what a loss.
But what a legacy.
I'm sure we all wish we knew her..
May her memory be for a Blessing.
Bobby Gor-Kurzweil
August 12, 2019
The good Mrs Brandt did on earth will now be extended after her death . I will join her other mourners with a donation along with many of my friends and family . Thanks for her life . JB ,Atlanta ,GA
August 11, 2019
Obviously, A remarkable woman on every count!
A NYT Reader
August 11, 2019
#Votingbluenomatterwho I am so sorry for your family's loss, you must've been an amazing person. Make America kind again.
Deborah Simpson
August 11, 2019
As you know, we put this obituary on twitter with attention and praise to her final words. And now the world knows about this remarkable woman.
So sorry for your loss .... she made a difference in life and death.
August 10, 2019
She must have been a very special person. A friend sent me the obituary because of the final words but as a 26 year ovarian cancer survivor, I found the work she did to be very impressive too. I will follow her request once there is a candidate.
Diane Paul
August 10, 2019
Like others, I'm here because I read your obituary in the NYT this morning. Kathy, oh how I wish I had known you in real life! I've already given token amounts of money to 5 or 6 Dem candidates, because I want to hear the dialogue between them. In your memory, I will give the maximum allowed to whoever secures the nomination.
Patty Harbison
August 10, 2019
Sending my deepest sympathies to Kim and Greyson. And applauding Kathy - rest in peace.
Garland Scott
August 10, 2019
My sincere condolences. I send Greyson and Kim hugs and strength as this is and will never be easy. My the void in your heart be filled with happy memories of your dear Katherine.
Brande Dietrich-McLean
August 10, 2019
I didn't know Ms. Brandt, but I sure wish I had! Her distress at our current administration and her fine sense of humor shine out from her obituary!

Please accept my condolences on your loss.
Susan Parrington
August 10, 2019
I didn't know Katherine until I read her obituary in the Times this morning. I'm sorry I missed her. She gave me the biggest laugh I've had since 2016. I promise to do as she asks!
August 9, 2019
Death is now forever barred from eternity, where you are, and will never bother you again. Peace...
Rea Ginsberg
August 9, 2019
Good life, good job, Kathy. Now RIP.
Betty Read
August 9, 2019
Thank you for a life well given to so many.
Angela Rhodes
August 9, 2019
Kathy will be missed. She spent her entire life putting others first. Note how her obituary that she wrote, spent much space mentioning her loved ones. He coup de grace is her command to remember her by working and sending money to replace the current US president.
Michael Beer
August 9, 2019
Rest In Peace, you amazing woman!!! ❤
Dominick Caridi
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