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Katherine Bill Whitney

Excerpted from: The Beloit Daily News (August 24, 1964)
Former Dean of Women at College Dies

     Mrs. Katherine Bill Whitney, 84, dean of women emeritus at Beloit college, died Saturday afternoon in Berkeley, Calif.

     A 1901 graduate of the college, she returned to campus in 1927 as head resident of Chapin hall women's dormitory -- a position she held until her academic retirement 20 years later. Mrs. Whitney was appointed temporary dean of women in 1930 and soon became acting dean. Upon attaining an M.A. in English in 1936, she was given the title "dean of women."

     At the time of her retirement, "Deanie" Whitney recieved a distinguished service citation from the college Alumni association and the emeritus rank. In 1955, she was in the first group of recipents of Beloit emeritus citations.

Head at Dormatories

     The college administrator excelled in counseling and in 1941-42 was faculty adviser to the Intercollegiate Association of Women Students.

     She continued serving as a hostess and counselor following her retirement. She was head resident of the Faculty and Alumni Club and later was house director for Ingersoll house, head resident at Pratt house and house mother for Delta Gamma.

     During the past year, she occupied the apartment at the Pi Beta Phi house.

Taught a Year

     Katherine Grace Woods Bill was born Nov. 12, 1879, and lived in Peoria, Ill., and Madison, Wis., before coming here in 1896. She majored in English and Greek at Beloit and was active in various campus organizations.

     After teaching in Illinois a year, she was married to Josiah Dwight Whitney III on Nov. 12, 1902. Her husband was a journalist, first with the New York Evening Post. Son of Henry M. Whitney, Beloit English professor from 1871 to 1899, he attended the college before transferring to Yale college.

     Mr. Whitney died Nov. 5, 1926.

Varied Memberships

     A well travelled woman, Mrs. Whitney visited relatives and former students in the East this summer and, since late July, was in Berkeley staying with the family of a daughter, Mrs. Malcolm Stratton.

     She was a member of the First Congregational church; Fortnightly Club of which her mother was a founder; Reading Club, Faculty Women's Club, Delta Gamma Alumni Association, and the League of Women Voters.

     Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Stratton and Mrs. W.M. Downed, Northridge, Calif., and a son, J.D. Whitney IV, Los Angeles.

     Services will be held in California.

     A memorial fund will be established in her name at the college.

 

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