Kathleen Oakley Durkee continues to make a difference.
In 1965, WC hosted Smokey Robinson and the Miracle in Chestertown, the Women’s Residence Association conducted “Cheer John” a campaign to send Christmas gifts to service men in Vietnam, and the Class of 1965 graduated 94 seniors, including Kathy Oakley Durkee, a charming and service-minded English major and Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority member. Forty-five years later, Kathy now gives back to her college because “It gives me a sense of pride, an awareness of the wonderful changes going on at WC and the many alumni attempting to better this new campus.”
Serving as a member of the Alumni Board, Kathy chairs the Awards Committee and has led the charge in establishing a new award for our recent alumni—the Alumni Horizon Ribbon Award. This honor is given to an alumnus/na who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, service or scholarship in a particular area. Additionally, Kathy honors alumni/ae through the committee’s Veterans History Project, an idea originated by Joe Coale ‘66, to remember alumni who served or lost their lives in a foreign or domestic war.
What do Washington College and her experiences mean to Kathy? “Washington College gave me a chance to view the world with open eyes and have confidence to hopefully make a difference in myself, my alma mater, and my community. Being on the Alumni Board has helped me to see a full circle- made of memories from the past, numerous friends, professors, classes, now linked with a wonderful campus full of vibrant new programs, majors and students making a difference.”
- Alumni Board, Awards Committee Chairman