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Kathy McGovern May-10-1958 to Dec-1-2013
« on: December 04, 2013, 04:43:26 PM »
Below is the obituary for Kathy McGovern.  The "newbies" won't remember Kathy, but all of us old timers will.  Kathy was such an active member of our agility community for many years.  Kathy was a NADAC judge and an avid dog enthusiast.  Kathy suffered a stroke which left her partially paralyzed and she had to give up her dogs and her agility passion.  Many competitors will remember the great "Molly Sue"!  Molly Sue was a LARGE Doberman mix which Kathy rescued and I truly don't believe that anyone else could have kept going with her and Kathy stayed with the challenge and competing with joy with Molly Sue.  When Kathy was hospitalized, NADAC took in Molly Sue and kept her until she passed.  We were so happy and lucky to be able to help in any way we could.  We will remember Kathy forever and we were blessed to know her and spend many summers together in Idaho with her.  Godspeed Kathy, you will remain in our hearts and our memories.


Obituary for Dr. Kathy Ann McGovern
 Dr. Kathy Ann McGovern of Annapolis, MD died on December 1, 2013 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, MD. She was 55.
Dr. McGovern was born May 10, 1958, in Washington, DC, the daughter of the late John McGovern and Gloria “Saunders” McGovern. She graduated from The Academy of the Holy Names in Silver Spring, MD, class of 1975. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and a PhD. in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Florida. Dr. McGovern performed post-doctoral work in cell research at Johns Hopkins University. She then accepted a faculty position at the University of Arizona where she worked for 13 years. While at the University of Arizona, Dr. McGovern was prominent in research into drug interactions in cells, the design, building and use of bioreactor systems for cancer cells, and the development of targeted drug delivery systems for cancer treatments (for which she holds a patent). She later taught 3rd grade at the Children’s Success Academy in Tucson, bringing her passion for science and education to the classroom. She assisted in developing a technology program for the school and wrote a grant to purchase new student and teacher computers. Her passion for children and science resulted in most of her former 3rd grade students attending college, many of whom are the first in their families to do so. Several are now on full scholarships in science and engineering – all due to her sparking their interest.
Dr. McGovern spent years volunteering as a court appointed Special Advocate, mentoring children with attachment disorder difficulties. Her compassion extended to the animal world, rescuing many dogs and training most of them in agility performance. She was an international agility judge. Dr. McGovern also had a love for dance, music and reading.
She is survived by three brothers, John H. McGovern III and wife Margaret of Olney, MD, Steven J. McGovern and wife Jennifer of Rock Hall, MD, and Mark R. McGovern and wife Christine of Sykesville, MD. She was an aunt to Kelly McGovern McCormick, Patrick McGovern, Brendan McGovern, Leslie McGovern, Kirsten McGovern and Alexa McGovern.
A Celebration of Kathy’s life will be held January 11, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the Inn at Huntingfield Creek 4928 Eastern Neck Road Rock Hall, MD 21661.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be sent to Dr. Nanci Aiken, Children’s Success Academy, P.O. Box 11368, Tucson, AZ 85734.

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Re: Kathy McGovern May-10-1958 to Dec-1-2013
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2013, 04:51:55 PM »
Thanks for letting us know this sad news, Sharon.  Kathy will be remembered.
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Re: Kathy McGovern May-10-1958 to Dec-1-2013
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2013, 07:23:56 PM »
Thanks for posting this, Sharon. Over the years, I've often wondered how Kathy was doing. I certainly remember Molly Sue! Her exuberance was hard to forget...
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Re: Kathy McGovern May-10-1958 to Dec-1-2013
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2013, 08:06:16 PM »
Yes, thanks for letting us know.  I have many memories of Kathy and Molly Sue at camps and trials in Cataldo. 

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Re: Kathy McGovern May-10-1958 to Dec-1-2013
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2013, 06:25:33 AM »
Thanks for letting me know.  There had been so little news.  I will always be able to see her in my mind's eye.

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Re: Kathy McGovern May-10-1958 to Dec-1-2013
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2013, 07:52:31 AM »
I will always remember Kathy and Molly Sue!  What a great team. 
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Re: Kathy McGovern May-10-1958 to Dec-1-2013
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2013, 09:24:51 AM »
I must be an oldie…and from the same area Kathy trailed in…I have many memories of Kathy and Molly Sue and her other dogs too…MS loved that leash!!
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Re: Kathy McGovern May-10-1958 to Dec-1-2013
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2013, 10:29:11 AM »
Thanks Sharon many great memories of Kathy and Molly Sue.

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Re: Kathy McGovern May-10-1958 to Dec-1-2013
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2013, 02:01:59 PM »
Thanks for the update Sharon. We all remember Mollie Sue.  I remember Kathy on year up at camp she had a coughing attack and drove herself to the hospital.  Glad she was near her family, and thanks for caring for Mollie Sue
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Re: Kathy McGovern May-10-1958 to Dec-1-2013
« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2013, 10:58:14 AM »
We remember Kathy from Cataldo with Molly Sue....  Molly was a real challenge so we all learned something just because she was a handful.  Kathy was a  fun gal.  God speed Kathy....
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Re: Kathy McGovern May-10-1958 to Dec-1-2013
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2013, 06:26:02 PM »
I also remember Kathy and Molly Sue from Cataldo.

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Kathy McGovern May-10-1958 to Dec-1-2013
« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2013, 12:58:53 PM »
Kathy is often in my thoughts.  She will be remembered fondly.

Thanks Sharon for letting us know.

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Re: Kathy McGovern May-10-1958 to Dec-1-2013
« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2013, 05:55:47 PM »
I remember Kathy and Molly Sue well from those wonderful summers in Idaho.  I have thought of her often over the years and have always felt sad for the turn of events that took her life in a different direction.   She will always be a part of the memories of the oldie goldie years of Idaho Nadac.   Thank you for the update Sharon.
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Re: Kathy McGovern May-10-1958 to Dec-1-2013
« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2013, 08:22:00 PM »
I remember Kathy and Molly Sue from Cataldo summer camps too and also from her trialing a few times in Elk Grove. Molly Sue was very exuberant and loved agility. A fun team to be remembered.
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Re: Kathy McGovern May-10-1958 to Dec-1-2013
« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2014, 01:20:39 PM »
So very sad. Thank you for letting us know, I hadn't heard this.
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