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Kathleen Ruth Flaherty, Ph.D.  

Daughter of Annette Baker Flaherty and the late John P. Flaherty, Sr., was born in Boston, Massachusetts on May 19, 1951, and grew up in South Weymouth, Massachusetts. She passed away at age 67 at her beloved beach house in Avalon, New Jersey on August 18, 2018.
Kathleen is survived by her husband, Harry G. Hobbs. She was predeceased by her stepson, Aaron Hobbs; and her brother, John P. Flaherty, Jr. She is also survived by her stepdaughter, Jennifer (Brad) Bono; her two sisters, Elizabeth A. Flaherty and Jan M. (Richard Bradfield) Flaherty, and a large extended family including grandchildren, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She will be missed by her darling dog, Merlin.
Kathleen attended Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts before transferring to Northwestern University in Chicago where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Urban Affairs and a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences. She was also a member of Northwestern's McCormack School of Engineering Advisory Board and served on its Executive Committee. Kathleen broke new ground for women professionals as she pursued a stellar career in Telecommunications. Her positions in the field began in Network Engineering at MCI Communications, Inc., with an assignment as the Marketing Director of British Telecom, went on to include Senior Vice President, Global Product Architecture for MCI, President and Chief Operating Officer of Winstar International, and culminated as Chief Marketing Officer of AT&T. She also held Board Director Positions at Gen Tek, Inc, Marconi, plc , CMS Energy, Inc., hibu, plc, and Inmarsat, plc.
Kathleen enjoyed travel and her career took her far and wide, including periods of residence in both London and Geneva. Unbeknown to most, she was also an extremely skilled and talented knitter, an avid gardener and an amateur fly fisherwoman.
No public service is planned. Contributions may be made in Kathleen's name to one of her favorite causes, Habitat for Humanity.

Published in The Washington Post on Sept. 12, 2018
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