BHT Member Memorials – Kathryn Bedke

Kathryn Bedke

Died March 31, 2020

Kathryn’s story is a miracle of sorts. She survived for years, battling cancer after cancer, on sheer will and an amazing “hang in there” spirit. She had fought off so many near misses that people had come to believe that she might just be immortal.

Born November 3, 1951, and raised in Ravenna, NE, Kathryn Lynn Bedke graduated from Kirkland College, Harvard Divinity School and Case Western Reserve School of Law. She was the most wonderful combination of sophisticated New York lawyer and country girl from Nebraska. She was very proud of her Nebraska roots.
In her distinguished legal career, Kathryn practiced law at White & Case, Davidson & Grannum, and Wohl & Entwistle; she also served as an enforcement attorney for the SEC and an adjunct professor at New York Law School.

Kathryn loved music, specifically Gilbert & Sullivan. She traveled to Buxton, England to participate in shows at the International G&S Festival. She also loved entertaining in her lovely Chelsea apartment, where you would meet her devoted feline friend, GC (for Girl Cat, of course).
Kathryn, 68, died at home on March 31, 2020, of complications from colon cancer. She is survived by two nephews and by many, many friends from her profession, travels, and work with the Blue Hill Troupe and the Nebraska Society of New York.

She was a terrific lawyer, a talented chorus singer and actor, a wonderful colleague, and friend—and she gave the best backrubs. She was one in a million.

— Carol Davis

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