Dr. Kathleen Armstrong Hauke

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HAUKE, Dr. KATHLEEN ARMSTRONG (Age 69)

Of Arlington, VA, a writer who popularized the works of African-American journalist Ted Poston, died July 30, 2004 at Virginia Hospital Center following a battle with cancer. Kathleen was born August 27, 1935, daughter of Robert J. and Katherine Gall Armstrong. She graduated from the University of Michigan and earned a PhD from the University of Rhode Island. Raised in Kalamazoo, MI, she lived in Kingston, RI, Atlanta, GA and Arlington, VA.

A born journalist, she interviewed almost everyone she met. She abounded in creative energy. She taught English at universities in Kingston, RI, Atlanta, GA and Nairobi, Kenya. She wrote three books on Ted Poston, the journalist. At the time of her death she was working on a biography of South African playwright Richard Rive. She inspired young readers and writers, inscribed multilingual quotations on the walls of her home, and sewed quilts and clothes for her offspring, often while watching C-Span or tennis matches on TV.

Married on September 20, 1958, Dr. Hauke is survived by her husband, Dr. Richard Louis Hauke; daughters, Katherine Emma Jane DuGarm of St. Paul, MN and Nellie Hauke Ohr of McLean, VA; sons, Andrew Martin de Porres Hauke and Henry John LaFarge Hauke, both of North Kingstown, RI; grandchildren, H. John, Jaquelyn, Jamison, Julienne and Jessica Hauke, Andrew and Olivia Hauke, and Michael and Richard Ohr; and her sister, Nellie Ann Bush of Manistee, MI.

Her body has been donated to the Virginia State Anatomical Program. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in her name to a charity of choice.

Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 8, 2004