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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Jul 16, 2024 at 3:19 PM

Another birthday! Whoohoo and yowza... It is amazingly hot and humid where I live so my first instinct is to say, “be cool” as you celebrate. Have bonus scoops of ice cream, sorbets or a slushy! Or stir a popsicle in a tall glass of chardonney. Just have a great day--and another great year.

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Jul 04, 2024 at 9:47 AM

Posted on: Jul 02, 2024 at 12:10 PM

Hi Susan! I hope youre staying cool, calm, healthy and happy on this first day of your 82nd trip around the sun. July 1 is inevitable hot, humid and a super celebratory holiday starter..Hope it was for you--and let the celebrations continue. Cheers.

Jun 26, 2024 at 3:33 AM
Jun 12, 2024 at 6:42 PM

Hi there. Happy Birthday. Oh how I wish I could see you to wish you in person-- the invite is always active. I’m in Mooresville, just off 77 X33 at Lake Norman. Come spend the day, have a good long chat...Do you ever get to Charlotte or the kids/grand kids come to you? Give me a call any time. Celebrate everything!!!

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May 20, 2024 at 9:59 AM

Posted on: May 16, 2024 at 7:16 PM

We’ve had some mighty raucous thunderstorms this week..but today, two days after your birthday, I imagine the sunshine continues in celebration of Bridget! I wish you all the strength you need for sustainable energy. This 80’s thing is”easy-does-it” and still going. Maybe that nine o’clock bedtime and a nap? Have a good time.

May 06, 2024 at 7:52 AM

Happy Birthday wishes for good times, good health, happiness and another year of fun in this decade of delights. Cheers, Karen.

Apr 15, 2024 at 7:13 PM

Buon compleanno! It’s awesome to be your “contemporary” in this wonderful decade!

Apr 04, 2024 at 8:08 AM

Happy Birthday… continued praise, admiration and inspiration for all your work and words of wisdom and Providence! I’m with Marty on all the wishes for good health and lots of sunshine—hope you have the clearest skies on your birthdate wherever you’re witnessing the eclipse ;-)

Mar 10, 2024 at 4:57 PM

Happy Birthday to you and the Girl Scouts’ founder, Juliette Low! Smart, creative, adventurer and extraordinary woman of the world! Glad to learn that the spinal fusions are bringing healing…slowly and steadily getting through these elder challenges makes each day a celebration, right? Cheers to you, Frank and families near and far—party hearty and more kudos for your continued contributions to justice and diversity. Come visit any time.

Feb 28, 2024 at 11:12 AM
Feb 20, 2024 at 6:47 PM

Hey lady… Sending warm wishes and Happiest birthday greetings. It’s bound to be fun, because you know how to celebrate something in every day! Hope there are some Facebook photo posts.

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Jan 17, 2024 at 8:57 PM

Posted on: Jan 17, 2024 at 9:50 AM

Love the grands photo you added! Also hope that you’re all warm and cozy—plus oh yeah—belated but still sincere wishes. Happiness, joy, wine, cake, good surprises and congratulations for achieving the awesome status of 80!

Nov 16, 2023 at 12:04 PM
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Nov 14, 2023 at 8:24 PM

Posted on: Nov 11, 2023 at 2:43 PM

This birthday is like every one before and every one ever to be…
A date to celebrate, meditate, and radiate— with all sublime goddesses such as thee
For blessings, for bounties and mornings of joyful exuberance—to match yours,BobbiE…
May the adventure of being in our 80’s continue unabated—
Happy Birthday on time—because these days, I’m so often belated.

Nov 05, 2023 at 12:53 PM

What a wonderfully happy birthday party I hope you’re having! Joy and happiness extending beyond all the miles we’ve travelled across continents and countries.As we celebrate this milestone year… I know we’re slower—but nevertheless we’re still planning and preparing for mor. More smiles, love and laughter! Enjoying our friendships. Delighting in staying connected with all the wonderful people around the world whose stories we Providentially share. Happy Birthday. ¡Feliz compleaños para un amigo maravilloso!

Nov 05, 2023 at 12:36 PM

Is there anything more we can say about this next decade? Wait…there’s more!!! Just like the nagging infomercials on healthcare and insurance and political polling and fundraising… there are soooooooo many more distractions. So, let’s allllll continue to focus on equality for celebrating..Hang up on the robocallers. Carry on with celebrations. Big stuff, little spurts of energy, say yes to gatherings of friends, hoorays for families and extended families..carry on! Take time to mindfully reflect on all we’ve done. What a legacy, Jo. Congratulations and infinite gratitude that our eight decades have been blessed by Providence. Carry on, with joy!

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Oct 29, 2023 at 9:49 AM

Posted on: Oct 28, 2023 at 4:05 PM

A L L L M O S T !! Days away. Decades of delights, diversions and other mischief along the way. Finally… you’ve caught up with the others of us who have marked this milestone. Sometimes a rock to climb, or move, or used to build; sometimes a pebble in our shoes, a stone to skip across a creek, or perhaps a smooth pretty stone picked up from the path, to polish in a pocket as we walk..those mile stones are many times remembered and stuff and friends collected on the journey. Don’t y’all simply love our special, shared friendships? 80! Wowza for all.

Sep 24, 2023 at 4:52 PM

Holy heavenly spirits..I didn’t Post on YOUR birthday….too many spirits on my part perhaps?
So how’s it going in this first 10 days? It’s absolutely unbelievable to say, think about, answer a quiz, or renew a passport and document with !80! Sometimes I think I’m in some kinda living happily ever after melodrama/comedy/five star series. My new definition of Providence I guess…Why else would I feel so awesome about knowing all these fabulous friends, cheering their achievements and meeting with joy each and every new day! Happy Belated celebrations.

Sep 24, 2023 at 4:31 PM

Hey there and super Happy Birthday #80!…. It’s allowed to dance if we can, sing off key, play wild card poker, party until dawn or go to bed at eight! Nothing is EVER off limits….if we can do it, we should!

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Sep 23, 2023 at 2:36 PM

Posted on: Sep 20, 2023 at 7:27 PM

Absolutely every time I come to wish you a Happy Duo Barbara Birthdays I think of one thing you have in 200% common—that commonality is unbridled energy! Your family is stunning, and your heart is full of generosity. Eighty is incredible for all kinds of reasons—most of all because it’s 80!! Happy Birthday, Barb. You’re sooooo close, I keep thinking we could have a beach reunion…

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