Dr. Katherine “Kate” Green died on Saturday, February 29, 2020 after a 4 ½ year struggle with ovarian cancer. She was a professor of Psychology and directed the School Psychology Masters Degree Program at Millersville University from 1982 until her retirement in 2010. She was an exceptional teacher dedicated to her students and to the field of psychology. Her family, friends, colleagues, and students would describe her in many ways. To quote her niece, Shawn, “Kate lived an amazing life. She was my hero.”
She traveled all over the world, including going on an African safari (shooting pictures only !) She was an activist, a widely read intellectual, a pianist, gardener, feminist, and liberal political thinker. She was well loved and will be missed by many.
She was the daughter of Marie and George Green who predeceased her. She is survived by her brother George and his daughter Heather, as well as her niece, Shawn, daughter of David who passed away in 2015.
There will be no funeral or memorial service as Kate never wanted a “fuss”. If desired a contribution may be made to a favorite charity in her name
She would want us to remember her for her infectious laugh, her incredible smile, and her wonderful personality. Kate truly lived her motto: “And she lived happily ever after”.
Hello – I just happened across this posting! I knew Kate for awhile back in the 90’s? She was working on a book focusing on family ties and why we are so tied together when we are in a family. I transcribed many hours of her interviews with multiple people who contributed. It was a wonderful project and she was so wonderful, interesting, jubilant! Listening to the interviews was captivating.
Each interview, listening to the contributors – I gained a new value of “family”. I was an only child, (or so I thought, but that’s a story for another day!) So hearing each account of brothers, sisters, mothers, grandparents – was a gift that brought me a sense of wanting to capture these values gone-by in my own family, which was very young at the time. I saw a deep appreciation, and developed one myself for the characters and the values they so fondly spoke of. It was gift I will never forget! I often wondered if she ever published it. I hope so. Goodnight Kate – you are someone who touched my life briefly, but deeply. I will pass my experience on to my own grandchildren as I did with my own children who are now grown.
Kate and I were good friends and colleagues for many years. She could always be counted on to bring her joyful spirit to any gather.
Kate’s picture captures her spirit so well. She embraced life and exuded joy. She was funny, smart, compassionate, and adventurous. I will cherish memories of many good times with her.
I am another member of the Investment Club. Kate’s joining us was a real shot in the arm. Her fine mind added a new perspective to our discussions and always a great laugh in the process. We will continue to miss you Kate, a part of your former presence will linger in our midst.
Leave it to Kate to die on Leap Year! I love you, Kate. You were the highlight of my having cancer. My first day of chemo, she said you are going to get really sleepy but don’t worry, I’ll clean you up if you drool. She made me belly laugh. She also made me think, not take things too seriously and supported me in my journey. The world is missing a shining light but you are not in pain anymore and for that, I am so grateful.
Kate was a shooting star that came through my life when I needed her the most. We laughed our way through chemo together, and I traveled the world through her stories. I will think of her everyday.
Kate and I were sisters in that we both have/had ovarian cancer. We had chemo at the same time for awhile and got to know each other. We shared a love for knitting, books and travel. She had a great laugh and was wonderful at encouraging me. I will miss her and her zest for life.
Kate and I met when we both members of Leadership Lancaster. I was attracted to her smile and sense of humor. He quick wit helped get us through some long planning sessions. We became reacquainted when I started working for Manor Animal Hospital. She loved her puppy “Miss Molly Maude” and her cat pals Thomas and Archie. She has made a lasting impact on a lot of people and will be missed.
Kate was a member of the Blush Investment Group. She made the group laugh and enjoy the time shared together. Times we shared with her on her porch are special memories. Kate took her diagnosis with a determination to do a list of adventures on her to do list. She lived her life to the fullest and out lived the odds. You are our hero.
Rest In Peace, our sweet, dear Teal Sister. We will miss you until we meet again.
How fitting that I should address you in italiano, since we had so much fun working in our group on Italian and then had such a wonderful time traveling through Italy in 2014. The people you touched with your smile in my home land are sad that you had to leave this world, but you have made a deep and lasting, wonderful impression on everyone. I can say that I have been touched by your positive attitude and your vibrant personality throughout this difficult last journey. Stammi bene, amica!
Kate is my first cousin-our mothers were sisters. While enrolled at ECU in Greenville NC, she was a frequent addition to our family on weekends. We had so much fun! Her visits were a bright spot for us and we laughed until we actually hurt. We all loved her dearly.
Rest in peace, Kate.
Kate and I met Millersville in 1989 and have been best friends ever since. She was a special person and I will forever miss her smile, her laugh, and her unfailing support. The world has lost a truly remarkable women. I will continue to try and live her motto “and she lives happily ever after”.
Kate- You were my mentor, my rock, and my guiding star at Millersville. I will miss our long afternoons of laughter and conversation. You will be in my heart forever.
I have literally known Kate my whole life as she was my Aunt Carolyn’s best friend! Kate was not just her friend but she was family! I felt like she was my aunt. I loved her smile and her laugh! She loved life and I loved hearing about all of her adventures! My only regret is not going with them to the beach! I’m sure we would have had so much fun! I’ll miss her!
I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to know Kate while caring for her beloved feline friends, Archie and Tommy. I would stop by her home frequently to administer a medication to help her senior kitty, which took all but 10 seconds. I found my self sitting and chatting with her for at least an hour after, but always seemed like only a few minutes! She was one of the most genuine people I have ever met. When Kate said ‘sit, tell me how things are with you’, you always knew she truly cared and listened to what you’re about to say. I have never met another person who could instantly make you comfortable and who could light a room with her smile like Kate. I feel so lucky to have known her, no matter how short the time, her memory will be in my heart always. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.
I’ve known Kate since our days in Kansas in the mid-1970s when she was at KU on her doctoral program. We became fast friends and have been “sisters of the heart” for over 45 years. We rarely missed a year without seeing each other at least once, if not more, either her coming to Texas to see the friends she made here, or me going up to Pennsylvania. Kate was my “person.” She will be as alive and vibrant in my memory as she was on this earth.
Kate was, and still is, a bright shining star. She was an intellectual with warmth and wit.
I fondly remember every interaction I had with Kate. Her star will shine in the night sky forever.
I met Kate when she came to Texas to visit a mutual friend, Carolyn King. Kate was a beautiful, smart and fun lady. I loved talking with Kate and hearing her stories of travels, family and friends. Kate will be missed by her Texas friends.
I learned to know Kate as part of an investment club where I am a member, and I am honored to have known her. She had an indomitable spirit and we always loved hearing of her travel adventures and joining in her constant laughter. She faced cancer with amazing courage and was an inspiration to me. She will be very much missed.
When I started at Millersville in 1985, a colleague in my department described Kate to me as “a quality person.” That stayed with me and I never had any occasion to think otherwise in 25 years of being colleagues. I will forever count myself fortunate that I knew her.