Kathie Ramm
1938 - 2020
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Kathie Ramm

May 27, 1938 ~ April 21, 2020

Kathie Ramm, age 81, passed away April 21, 2020 at Swedish Hospital in Seattle due to complications from diabetes. She was born in Bremerton, WA to John and Emmagrace Ramm and graduated from Bremerton High School in 1956. She went on to the University of Washington to major in music.

Kathie had a rich professional and teaching career. For many years she played as an extra percussionist with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Opera, and Ballet Orchestras. During a time when there were many negative attitudes about women percussionists, Kathie, being every bit as skilled as many of the top players of her generation, was one of the first women to break into this male-dominated world.

As she made her mark as a player, she had an even greater impact through her teaching. Kathie was the matriarch of percussion education in Seattle and throughout the Northwest for over 50 years. Many of her students found professional careers, playing in major symphony orchestras around the world.

Kathie loved to laugh and have a good time, and she was always able to make those around her laugh. She was a unique, unforgettable person.

Kathie is survived by her 2 brothers, John (Patti) Ramm of Poulsbo, Bob (Beth) Ramm of Bremerton, and her sister Barbara (Rich) of Cle Elum.

A celebration of Kathie's life will be held at a later date.

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Published in The Seattle Times on May 17, 2020.
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May 18, 2020
A great musician and teacher. I'll always remember her boisterous laugh!
Becky Noreen
May 17, 2020
Kathie was a friend of my fathers; they met when they were both attending the University of Washington. Whenever she came to our house, it was a great experience.

I very much appreciated that Kathie made it my mother's memorial service a year ago.

May Kathie rest in peace.
Brad Cummings
May 17, 2020
Bob Doupe
May 17, 2020
Meeting Kathie was a revelation.when I met her I had never known anyone who knew so many jokes , and who knew so much word play- spoonerisms and more- . She was a delight,
Libby Poole
May 17, 2020
Kathie was one of a kind. She always left a lasting impression with everyone she came into contact, whether it was in the music business or anywhere else. She has been one of my closest friends for over 50 years and her passing will leave a large empty space in my life.

Jerry Oram
Jerry Oram
May 17, 2020
Jerry Oram
May 17, 2020
A person of extraordinary talent, Kathie Ramm was totally selfless and interested in others (friends, students, etc.) learning to enjoy music and have FUN! She made the Husky Marching Band the most fun place to be on the U of W Campus. She also was a serious musician, who insisted that others work hard and perform at their highest levels. Not surprisingly, these traits made her a superb teacher; and the lives of her many students are testimony to what Kathie did with her gifts. R.I.P., Kathie!
Steve Moen
May 17, 2020
Loved Kathie, she taught so much.
Jazz Drummer Terry Selvidge. Graduate West High Bremerton Washington
May 17, 2020
Kathie was a legend in her own time with the UW Husky Marching Band. She was an inspiration to us all and contributed a great deal to the musicianship and the spirit of the band.
Jo Caldwell
May 17, 2020
Kathie was always a joy to be around. I was fortunate to keep in touch with her over the years beyond college and always enjoyed her presence.
Bruce Caldwell
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