Kathryn "Kay" O'Keeffe

A Generous Bequest

Earlier this year, we received notification that Kathryn “Kay” O’Keeffe had passed away at the age of 103, leaving behind many friends, a lifelong appreciation for cultural arts and education, and a generous bequest to the Foundation.
Kay was born in Bluefield, West Virginia in 1917. Described by those closest to her as an incredibly bright woman ahead of her time, she graduated from college in 1939 with a degree in chemistry before working for the Monsanto Company as a chemist. Kay enjoyed playing bridge (she even toured internationally to play championships during her younger years!), listening to music, and treating herself to her favorite delicacies: bourbon and bacon.

After moving to Santa Fe for her retirement, Kay frequented chamber music concerts at the St. Francis Cathedral and enjoyed the many Native American arts that our city has to offer — that is, while she wasn't spending time with her tight-knit community at El Castillo. 
Although Kay never had children of her own, she recognized the importance of education. Her bequest to the Foundation will support charter schools, musical arts, and pregnancy prevention for years to come. We are truly grateful to have a part in honoring Kay's legacy.

Nov 1, 2021
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