Kathryn Kilgour Himmelsbach, formerly of Washington, DC, died at age 99 on December 10, 2012. Born Nina Kathryn Kilgour on July 25, 1913 in Hillsboro, Virginia, Kathryn was preceded in death by her late husband, Dr. Clifton K. Himmelsbach; her daughter, The Hon. Nina K. Peace, and her mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. George Shower Kilgour, Esquire.
She is survived by her devoted grandson The Hon. Christopher K. Peace, Esquire, and his wife, Ashley H. Peace; and her two dear great-grandchildren, Nina Camden Peace and Henry Covington Peace. Her extended family includes three first cousins, Bradley Kilgour Jr. of Purcellville, Ann Kilgour of Md. and Jourdan Kilgour in Salisbury Md. Six second cousins include John McLaughlin of McLean, Va., Robert McLaughlin of Alexandria, Va., Michael McLaughlin of Fairfax, Va., Joseph McLaughlin of Charlotte, NC, Vincent Corrado of Laguna Niguel, CA, and Elizabeth Koehring of New York.
A native Virginian, Kathryn moved to Washington, D.C. at the age of one. She matric-ulated at its Central High School and later at George Washington University where she was a triple major and member of Kappa Delta Sorority.
Following college, she moved to New York City where she worked for Pan Am and ultimately graduated from Columbia University with a degree in social work. A pioneer in her field, she served her calling as a licensed clinical social worker at the National Institute of Health and later fulfilling a distinguished career at the American Cancer Society. There in 1997, Kathryn received recognition for her dedication to cancer patient advocacy.
Active in her community, Kathryn was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Chevy Chase Woman's Club, Kenwood Golf and Country Club, and All Saints Episcopal Church - Chevy Chase.
Kathryn was known to most as inspirational and insightful, and generous and successful, a smart, purposeful woman with the gift of gab, never knowing a stranger, who was for all seasons and definitely ahead of her time. She loved her family, her friends, literature, but poetry the best. She was passionate about philosophy, the Episcopal Church, the Democratic party, cocktail parties, golf, political talking heads and independent working women. In the end, some Goldfish, gin and tonics and good conversation with friends and family were enough to make her happy.
Affectionately known as "Gaga" to her family or "Kay" to her friends, she will be dearly missed by all.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2012 from 10 to 11 a.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, Chevy Chase Circle, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 with service beginning thereafter at 11 a.m.
Interment to follow in Hillsboro Cemetery, Hillsboro, Virginia.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations to be made to the Nina K. Peace Memorial Scholarship at Patrick Henry High School at 12449 Patrick Henry Road, Ashland, Virginia 23005.