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Obituary for Katharine Adam

Katharine  Adam
Katharine (Patty) Lucas Adam died June 3, 2011, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was born on November 23, 1917, to American parents then living in Anking, China. After the death of her mother in 1925, she and her father moved to Berkeley, California. Patty attended the Berkeley public schools and graduated from the Dominican Convent in San Rafael in 1934. She attended the University of California at Berkeley, graduating in 1938 with a major in English, and then took a fifth year to earn a teaching credential. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. After graduation, she taught high school for a year in Dorris, California, a town with one box mill, three lumber companies, one grocery store, and seven saloons. She remembered it as a wonderful place because the teachers got to dance every dance!

She married Kenneth Dunstan Adam, an engineer from the U.C. Class of 1940, settled in Berkeley, and raised four children. She lived a busy life as PTA president, scout leader, youth group sponsor, and was active in other community service activities. She belonged to the Hawthorne Branch of the Children's Hospital and the Town and Gown Club. An accomplished outdoorswoman and lifelong member of the Sierra Club, she spent many summers with her four children at Echo Lake in the Sierra Nevada, in a cabin accessible only by boat, with no electricity or telephone. In 1972, she went with her husband on a 500-mile hiking trek in Nepal that reached the Mt. Everest Base Camp and continued east to Darjeeling, India. She and Ken moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1973, where she became active in the League of Women Voters. This was soon after the passage of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, which gave ordinary citizens the right to speak at hearings on matters of importance to the environment. She soon became state chair of natural resources for the League and served on several state environmental policy committees. She was instrumental in getting dollars and political support for the senior center in Eldorado and was proud and honored to have it bear her name.

She will be remembered for her devotion to her family and community, her concern for the environment and education, and her love of animals. She was preceded in death by Kenneth, her husband of 66 years. She is survived by four children: David Adam of Hidden Valley Lake, CA; Eleanor Gossen of Santa Fe, NM; Elizabeth Frishman-Bodio of Magdalena, NM; and George Adam of Boise, ID, ten grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. A memorial service is planned for early August in Santa Fe. Donations in her memory can be made to the Ken and Patty Adam Senior Center, 16 Avenida Torreon, Santa Fe NM 87508. Katharine’s care has been entrusted to:

The Rivera Family of Santa Fe Funeral Options
417 East Rodeo Road ~ Santa Fe, NM 87505
santafefuneraloption.com
(505) 989-7032

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