Kate (Kathy) Krider Satchwill

Profile Updated: November 15, 2016
Residing In: Charlotte, NC USA
Spouse/Partner: RIP Bill Satchwill
Occupation: Writer; Retired :-) Healthcare: HR & Mktg, Teacher
Children: Children & Grandchildren: Jon, born 1965, married Suzanne Heitner (NJ), their son Sean Nathan, born1999--Broomfield, More…CO. Jim, born 1967, married Carla Eisenberg (NY/CA), their sons Sam William, born 1998 and Jay Moses, born 2001, Davidson, NC. Robert Eric, born 1969, married Eva Staub (Switzerland/CA), Bern, Switzerland. Lily Amelia, born 2014.

MBA Xavier University (1985)

Early career: Part time English teacher, community volunteer, work at home mother, super bleacher-sitter & sports fan, and 7 years as Field Staff and Director of Education for Great Rivers Girl Scouts, Cincinnati.

Then, 30+ Years in Hospitals & Senior Living: Marketing, Human Resources Development & Administration; 4 Years SMWC Vice President of External Affairs; 3 Years English & Social Studies Teacher, Mecklenburg County Jail.

We've lived & worked in IN, WV, OH, NJ, MI, GA, SC, TN, and moved to Charlotte, NC in 1998. Since 1965 there have been serendipitous adventures, Providential opportunities, many completed tasks, and many an uncompleted household chore as I've 'gone those miles and kept those promises.' I've also met challenges, overcome my share of miseries, wallowed occasionally in self-pity, and absolutely positively enjoyed learning and laughing with family, friends and career colleagues from around the world.

Since 2009 (when I left that grand finale career-culminating, full-time employment experience as a teacher of high school boys in jail), I've been earning a few welcome dollars as a free lance writer/instructional designer/collaborator for online undergraduate and graduate courses.

I also spend more than a few freebie hours working and trying to change the world one relationship at a time with people who are passionate about politics, social justice, workforce development and multicultural learning.

With my busy international family (8 living of 11 children of Bill & Georgia Krider '38)and Bill's Satchwill also large extended family, their spouses, their children and now grandchildren, & great grandchildren, I also spend lots of time keeping up with what's happening on facebook. Hooray for this new way of connecting and re-connecting in 2010 and beyond!

Finally, I continue to get all mushy and sentimental about all these looking back memories, so I look forward. I imagine peace, watch new episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm and get a daily dose of anynews but Glenn Beck. I open many a magazine, rarely finish anything but the cartoons and fiction in the New Yorker, love trash novels that I get to read at the beach, re-reading all the words of Emily Dickinson, Hopkins, Sedaris, Ephron, the Brontes and more than a few textbooks, anthologies and dusty beloved books that I just cannot seem to throw away no matter how many times we've moved.

I love music & lyrics from Streisand, Maura O'Connell, Judy Collins, the brilliance of a soprano or the mellow sounds of an alto. I still listen and also love Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd & Led Zeppelin; John Lennon, Mozart and Brahms, Gilbert & Sullivan, sounds from any cello, French horn, oboe, tenor sax--and drums.

I also enjoy ALL kinds (and too often too much) red wine, smooth Scotch, Champagne bubbles, foods that others cook, and best of all now I find more time to wonder where you all are, what each of you has been up and where you've been since 1965. And, oh YES! I find time to take naps and savor the time to do absolutely nothing. Do you?

What the Woods Meant to Me

I came and left the Woods three times. In each decade, the Woods meant learning to learn what defines a genuine, 100% authentic private woman's college liberal arts catholic education. Each time there was time--for long talks, and walks, or quick bridge games, sharing secrets, making many memories, life long friends and making some monumental life changing decisions. My first time at the Woods was for two years, four semesters with the Class of 65.

The second time I came, in the spring of 1972, the Woods meant a unique opportunity, finally, to earn my Onyx; as a pioneer in the distance education program that would become the enrollment-saving innovation that has become the reason, I think, that the Woods has survived into the 21st Century. And, that second time culminated with graduation, Class of '74, with my sister Janie, whose ring I wear since her oh so untimely death in 2001 from mesothelioma cancer.

The third time I came, S. Barbara Doherty hired me away from a Corporate Hospital Administration job in Michigan. As a Vice President, the Woods meant giving up a much more lucrative job for yet another opportunity to serve and be served by all that the Woods means to all who come there--to work, to teach, to learn or simply to walk the Woods' sacred grounds.

The Woods with the Class of 65 meant: Audrey Volasky's English Class, French class with S. Georgiana, being in awe Sacred Scripture class with S. Alexa, working late nights or in the darkroom for Fagots, the Aurora, News & Propaganda Analysis with S.Mary Gregory; and S. Rosalie's theology final exam--which I wrote totally inebriated because I had slugged a hot toddy of straight Seagram 7 Crown to alleviate horribly debilitating cramps from the curse. The bottle for 'medicinal purposes only', was stashed in a tall blue box, giving forever memorable meaning to the branding of Moddess Because...

The Woods in the 70's meant completing my WED assignments at home, writing papers on Asian Literature to linguistics to Shakespeare and Zelda, gathering research or reading a text while watching the oven or washer/dryer-timers, stopping at the UC Public library on the way home from work, or sitting on the bleachers at a Little League game, then finally presenting a senior project, and getting my Woods Ring. WED was learning to meet the incredibly extraordinary academic standards of Jim Wynn, Patrick Harkins, S. (now) Jeanne Knoerle, S. Marie Denise my WED advisers and of course, graduating with Janie.

In the 90's the Woods meant knowing and admiring Alice Quinlan, fun zips across campus in Connie Bauer's red Miata convertible, and learning from and with Henry Diamant, S. Ruth Eileen, Jean Harrison, Mary Margaret Bowles, Kathi, Karen, Jackie, Melissa, Gwen, students I learned to love and count as life-long friends. The Woods meant meeting more women and men whose efforts re-awakened my passion for the quality of a SMWC education that every Woods faculty, staff and board member gives with endless generosity to literally thousands of students--because we love the Woods.

Oh--and that third time at the Woods meant helping to write and win the Lily Grant with S. Suzanne Daley to increase on-campus diversity, the initiation of the Single Mothers With Children program and the gloriously wonderful exchange program with Providence University in Taiwan. What a trip, right Mary Helen?

The abrupt end of that third journey back to the Woods left lasting scars, but I drove through the gates then, and return whenever I can, with an even greater understanding of the healing power of the 'place', the holy grounds that Woods women (and some really fine men!) have walked. Providence never fails!

Favorite School Stories:

With the Class of 65--Meeting Eileen Janssens and her dad at that recruitment event disguised as Journalism Workshop. I WAS NOT GOING TO SMWC--but Eileen was so cool, I thought it just might be fun anyway! Some flashbacks of the fun I could never have anticipated: A spring cookout/hike adventure Saturday escape-escapade complete with s'mores, probably some beer, ransacking files and breaking windows at that abandoned coal mine. (Whose finger got slashed and needed stitches?) The Woods winter ski trip to Eileen's family cabin in MI, made oh so much more dramatic by Carolyn's swerve and subsequent scary-because-the-musical-diva's 'possible injuries' in the other car meant a long, nervous stopover at the hospital in Kentland, IN. ND football weekends (especially the Navy game--forever thanks, Nance); The memorable Spring Break train ride to NYC, NJ and dancing on that pin-ball machine at that crowded bar in Connecticut; introducing dates to Annie B in Guerin and to whomever was the fully-habited, male-intimidating SisterWhomever on duty in LeFer; The Woods meant and still means friends, the confidence occasionally bordering on arrogance that comes from choosing a women's college, living my freshman year with 'girls' who delight me even now when I try to remember all their names and then, as a sophomore, sharing the sun-parlor suite with my two Kathy roommates, Ineman & Thursby. It was grand to live and learn at the Woods in those halcyon high-enrollment 60's. When I 'changed my mind about the convent' and wanted to come back--no rooms in LeFer, maybe second semester? The rest, as Providence would have it, is history.

Have I gotten all the best? Forgotten more than I can remember? Favorite Woods stories?--to be continued.

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Jun 26, 2020 at 3:33 AM
May 22, 2020 at 9:30 AM

Glory be to you, Nancy! So many things to appreciate each day... and celebration of your birthday is numero uno for today. Yours is a wonderful ‘story’ of discovery, generosity and a passion for all things in nature. The earth and I send bountiful wishes for birthday songbirds and mountain wildflowers... now that NC is reopening... let’s get together to celebrate. Soon.

May 19, 2020 at 7:02 PM

Adding belated wishes for your birthday—and adding another wish for a slice of rubarb or pistachio cake. Never have had either! It makes me think hmmmmmm, shouldn’t I just beg for a recipe? Bonus hopes that this personal new year is filled with extra delights from all things postponed. Hope we’ll see you at Reunion!

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May 19, 2020 at 8:25 PM

Posted on: May 19, 2020 at 6:52 PM

A day later, I scroll down and tada—send belated wishes. Oops but happy thoughts for extended celebrations, and more ice cream, maybe cake for breakfast, and a nap if you are expecting a late night Zoom call, recovering from a Netflix binge or eagerly anticipating a gorgeous Arizona sunrise. COVID time 2020 seems to give us a daily reason to say, “be

May 19, 2020 at 6:29 PM

Dinner time birthday greeting to you—hope there’s fine wine, toasts for all things delicious and something yummy for birthday dessert! May there be extended celebrations with zoom Or Skype and lots of virtual hype!!

Apr 29, 2020 at 2:55 PM

Yikes!!!! My calendar and my memory are such strangers that I missed connections on your official birthday!!!! So here I am. Whatever day it is it’s worthy of celebrating one of our favorite Woods Women! Wherever we are, if a McBeth memory is involved it’s a happppppppyyyy happy thought! Forever a bright spark in the Class of 65

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Jun 26, 2020 at 5:00 PM

Posted on: Apr 26, 2020 at 6:21 PM

Happiest Birthday greetings, Caddy. I hope you’ve enjoyed every possible delight in this day. Many many more to come... here’s to virtual greetings and eventually to lots of hugs—up close and personal.

Apr 15, 2020 at 4:35 PM

There are so many amazing women in the Class of 65... and there’s Marion! One of those who inspire, contribute, and exemplify all the unbridled joys of a life well lived! Happiest birthday greetings—see you next May in time to say Happy Birthday again.

Apr 12, 2020 at 9:41 AM

Happy Easter Birthday Sue. Cheers and Alleluias for accomplishments of all your years past and multitudes of glorious blessings to you going forward. Be well!

Apr 10, 2020 at 3:08 PM
Apr 08, 2020 at 11:57 AM

To think, we woulda coulda been planning for a trip to see many a Woodsie... in person—yikes! What a year—and it’s just the first quarter. Miles to go. Birthdays and Spring and now this Covid..Something tells me that posting to you and Cathy on the same day—and looking
ahead to lots of 77ths upcoming... and several I’ve missed—just more evidence of the
Providence of our lives! Stay home, stay safe. Stay connected here and in our hearts. The photo’s from the SMWC site feed. Always mindful of our journeys in SMTG’s path.

Apr 08, 2020 at 10:43 AM
Apr 04, 2020 at 7:39 PM

Glorious birthday wishes to you and Susie. May each of you and both of you have as many virtual hugs and reallllly perfect days and years ahead! Much happiness.

Apr 04, 2020 at 7:38 PM

Glorious birthday wishes to you and Sally. May each of you and both of you have as many virtual hugs and reallllly perfect days and years ahead! Much happiness.

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Mar 21, 2020 at 1:05 PM

Posted on: Mar 21, 2020 at 11:29 AM

Great news, Betty! You honor our class. Thank you. “WHEN” (?) we get back to the Woods, well, we’ll cheer and toast your inspiration. In the meantime... hope and believe in Providence. Oh, just in case y’all wonder what this award means... I love the description because it especially seems so timely! “The Frances Murphy Rumely award is presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding dedication to and leadership within civic, religious or educational organizations. The award is given in memory of Frances Murphy Rumely, class of 1935, whose life was a celebration of the education she received at her beloved Woods”.

Feb 22, 2020 at 12:52 PM

Happy Weekend Birthday celebrations, Mary Helen. I’m wishing you all kinds of warm hugs and celebratory goodies—especially sunshine even in the chilliest of days! Good health? Travel plans? Of course, another look back at our Taiwan-Tokyo shared memories of our Woods adventures today... and a glance forward to our 60th May! See y’all then.

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Feb 16, 2020 at 5:31 PM

Posted on: Feb 16, 2020 at 3:45 PM

Happy Birthday Susan! Wishes for wellness and happinesses that include walks in the forest, on the beach, or wherever Providence inspired place you discover. Hold onto the hand of a toddler, pet a puppy or luxuriate under a cozy quilt! Whatever brings joy...do it often!

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Feb 07, 2020 at 1:18 PM

Posted on: Feb 07, 2020 at 8:47 AM

Sooooo my b’day wishes are reallllly late, but still sincere.
Here’s hoping 2020 be another super great year!
Happy Birthday, Ruthanne.

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Feb 07, 2020 at 4:44 PM

Posted on: Feb 07, 2020 at 8:35 AM

I’m behind on birthday greetings to our “classy” class—I’m not gonna kid around here—-nothing in my head or joints reacts like it used to! But it means that even late, greetings are in order because we all have so much to celebrate!!! Cheers, Pat!

Feb 07, 2020 at 8:30 AM

I haven’t wished you an official Happy Birthday—YET. But here it is...ruffles and flourishes, tooting horns and sunshine and sparkles and energy and good health and... well, I wish you all kinds of happinesses every day! AND I hope you’ll come back to the Woods in May!!

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