I’m deeply saddened by Kitty’s passing. I’ve lost a friend and the society has lost one of its true giants. Kitty was among the society’s foreparents, all of whom were inspired by and shared in an idea. Kitty, though, was (almost uniquely) the one gave the idea daily attention and sustenance. I quite seriously wonder if there would be a Society for American Music today if we hadn’t had our Kitty to make it happen. She just gave and gave and gave and in such bounty that we’ve never been able to repay her. That she was also a very fine scholar just adds more luster to a life exceedingly well lived in the service of American music and of humankind. I’m not a particularly religious person, but I like imagining Kitty grilling Isaiah Thomas right now on the anomalies she could never resolve, and tactfully straightening out his faulty memory when necessary. Rest in peace, dear Kitty.
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