Former Preservation Wayne Executive Director Passes Away
Katherine Clarkson, former Preservation Wayne Executive Director passes away
Katherine Lee Clarkson died Monday, September 24, 2012 at the Carlisle Regional Medical Center in Pennsylvania after several months of illness. Clarkson was aged 64, passing away just one day before her 65th birthday.
Katherine was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of the late Henry H. Clarkson and Barbara Jane Lavery Clarkson-Olmstead. As a young child she moved with her family to Japan where her father worked for an airline. They returned to Detroit in 1956.
She was a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and then moved to Highland Park, Michigan. In Highland Park, Katherine organized historic home tours, and fundraised for the McGregor Library of Highland Park. Katherine worked as an analyst for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan until her retirement. She then went on to become the executive director of Preservation Wayne, Detroit for several years. Katherine resigned to move to Carlisle, Pennsylvania to take care of her mother. Photography was a passion of Katherine’s and she formerly owned a camera and photo processing shop in Northern Michigan. Katherine enjoyed traveling and had seen much of the world.
Surviving are her brother, William H. Clarkson (and wife, Ronnda) of New Castle, Indiana, and her nephew, William L. Clarkson of Carlisle. Memorial services will be private and at the convenience of the family.