We are deeply saddened to announce the loss of our dear and valued colleague, Libby Kingseed. She passed away suddenly as a result of a heart problem on Sunday, December 24, 2017.
“Her contributions to the foundation were legion,” says president David Mathews. “The immense respect and affection she was held in by her colleagues was evident every day.”
Libby will be greatly missed by those in the network who had the privilege of knowing and working with her during her 15 years at the foundation. As a program officer, Libby was a passionate leader in KF’s work on K-12 civic education. She served officially as the foundation’s archivist, and she was also the primary maintainer and conduit of the foundation’s current institutional knowledge.
“Libby was our pioneer in institutional research,” said Mathews. “For a research organization, our most important assets are our ideas, and Libby was very intent on seeing that we didn’t lose a good idea.” Libby’s work ethic, competence, sense of humor, and willingness to help made her an invaluable part of the Kettering family.
Libby’s obituary in the Dayton Daily News notes that a memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 20, at 10:30 a.m. at the Centerville United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, her family asks that donations be made to Cottey College in Missouri or to UNICEF. Kettering Foundation will hold a private remembrance for family and friends at a later date.
Libby’s contributions, both personal and professional, to the foundation cannot be overstated. Please join with us in remembering her.