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Kitty Colleen O' Donnell (Locker)

LOCKER Kitty O. Locker, 56, passed away at her home in Worthington, Friday, September 9, 2005 after a lengthy, brave fight against cancer. She was an English professor at Ohio State University and the author of two and coauthor of three widely used business communication textbooks. She was known as a caring member for both graduate students and young faculty. She was also known as a good colleague among her peers and a role model for her students. During her distinguished career, she served as editor of the Journal of Business Communication and as a President of the Association for Business Communication. She received national awards for both her research and her teaching. She is survived by her husband, Robert Mills; her mother, Mrs.. John A. O'Donnell of Lexington, KY; her brother and sister-in-law, John (Cordelia) O'Donnell of Glasgow, Scotland; and her dear friend, Donna Kienzler of Ames, IA. A memorial service will be held later in Columbus. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to HomeReach Hospice, 3595 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43214, in her memory. OHIO CREMATION & MEMORIAL SOCIETY/RODMAN FUNERAL SERVICE. 

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03/07/16 05:00 PM #1    

John Beatty (Jb) Cotnam

I knew Kitty Collen O' Donnell and her family since my family moved to Lexington in 1957. I knew her since the 4th grade and since my family, Leonard P Henry, My mother, Azada Beatty Henry, sister Laura Henry( class of 63) and my grandmother Ona Beatty joined the 1st United Methodist Church in Lexington.  Kitty and I were members of the MYF of the 1st United Methodist Church.  Kitty sang suprano in the youth choir of the the church and for a short while I too was part of the youth choir, singing baratone when the youth minister [ Mr. Ken Munday], Kitty and I sang as a trio. Kitty and I also sang duets as part of the Christmas Contatas with Mr. Munday instructing us in practice.  I switched to being an usher when the adult men who were ushers asked me to join them. Kitty could hear me sing from the back of the church. What a Hoot!  Kitty's voice could rattle the stain glass windows of the church sancuary while my booming voice could vibrate the wooden floors in the church sancuary. I will miss Kitty's dry whit and humor.  Kitty sighed my  Lafayette JR. Hiigh School year book with the following: 'Four lines from a lazy poet." Kitty performed in "Tammy Tell Me True" (photo on page 13 of Marquis 1966; recieved English award; was a member of the Senior National Society (group picture on page 123); Member of the Beta Club ( group picture on page 136 - Kitty stands in 5th row- next to end on right as seen in photo)

 Signed, John (JB) Beatty Cotnam, Austin Texas 


07/05/16 11:26 PM #2    

Nancy Jane Brown (Brame)

Ktty was a professor at the Ohio State University for a number of years.  I forget her area of expertise.

07/16/16 08:30 PM #3    

Elizabeth Allen Webb (Woods)

I enjoyed time with Kitty when we were both very involved in activities at First United Methodist Church. She was very smart and articulate and I think it was College English that she taught. Wish I knew more about her later years, but I have pleasant memories of times shared.

06/13/17 06:26 PM #4    

John Douglass Leslie

It made me sad to learn of Kitty's premature death. She was one of the smartest peope I've ever known.  One example comes to mind.  We were both members of the MYF at the First Methodist Church. One Sunday evening before our meeting Kitty and I were discussing the existence and nature of "god", an appropriate topic for high school students trying out their minds.  In just a few minutes I realized I was in way over my head.  I mumbled a few less than inciteful comments and beat a rapid retreat. I was glad to learn that she had become a professor as her students would have benefited from the mere exposure to her sharp mind.

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