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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Nov 04, 2021 at 5:03 PM

Happy Birthday to you! Glory be to you, Jo. Hopes for health thats as good as we get—gather wealth of all the treasures of experiences shared in love.

Nov 04, 2021 at 4:55 PM

I thought I’d call. And now it’s dinner time of the next day in this next year in celebration of you! Party, play and pray on, dear friend.

Oct 24, 2021 at 10:55 AM

Hey there Birthday Lafy! Have an Octoberly colorful day! Let your youth filled spirits fly in every possible direction! Bug finish to the 7th decade starts NOW! Enjoy. Call someone on the phone, hear a voice, sing an old tune—and wiggle, giggle, grin! ????

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Aug 03, 2021 at 2:08 PM

Posted on: Aug 03, 2021 at 9:02 AM

Happy happy birthday and personal new year! Make many more resolutions to continue to do all you do for others—and take time outs to celebrate you. Every day in every way, the world is better because you’re in it.

Jul 16, 2021 at 12:17 PM

Posted on: Jul 15, 2021 at 8:21 PM

Wishes for an extra special post-Covid gathering to celebrate your special day!

Jul 15, 2021 at 8:18 PM

Happy Birthday Mary Ann! Celebrate everything and add some super “up close and personal” post Covid hugs.

Jul 15, 2021 at 8:16 PM

Happy Birthday wishes—hope every post COVID get together includes lots of hugs!

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Jul 06, 2021 at 8:19 AM

Posted on: Jul 05, 2021 at 1:33 PM

Soooooo happy “next year” of celebrating all our birthdays!

Jun 26, 2021 at 3:33 AM
Jun 08, 2021 at 9:35 PM

Happiness and sunshine wishes for another very good year! We must get a carolina gathering again. So much to celebrate!

May 18, 2021 at 1:54 PM

Oh my! its another birthday, and another year of being oh so wishful that I could come visit either your fabulous science education center, or join you for the wonderful work you're doing so close to Asheville & Boone. So wherever you're celebrating, I am 100% certain you are enjoying all the special special delights of Mother Nature, plus Nancy & John's labors of love,and the bazillions of creatures and plants and beautiful spaces you share with so many others. Happy sunshine and Carolina blue skies, Nancy--Ill call when I'm back from SMWC--Maybe mid June??? Party on!!!!!

May 18, 2021 at 7:38 AM

Posted on: May 17, 2021 at 10:44 AM

Super happy birthday to you Jo! Hopefully there are gatherings, hugs, cake, singing celebrations and the kinds of presents of real PRESENCE! What a meaningful year this has been... makes our big families gatherings feel even more blessed!

May 17, 2021 at 8:55 AM
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May 17, 2021 at 6:49 PM

Posted on: May 17, 2021 at 8:33 AM

Happiness is knowing you are admired and appreciated! You my friend are both—so this birthday—take a bow, do one of those grand “four star curtsies” and revel in the cake, wine, chocolate, maybe some noisy dancing. Most definitely some long quiet hugs.

Groaning to read that you’re plagued with water/gardening leaks, and sadder still to feel the sorrow of a funeral as a reason to travel to Atlanta. If you’re there as you mark another birthday, May the Providence of our blessed lives fill your heart at having families gather in love. Thanks again for your kind kudos on Class Notes. It connects us to some amazing memories of our youth as we age with dignity, grace and hope. 78 doesn’t seem all that special, but then again, celebrating everything matters. A lot!! Happy Birthday.

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Feb 05, 2021 at 10:56 AM

Posted on: Feb 04, 2021 at 7:47 PM

Happy Birthday to my “mostest favoritest” Yellow Rose of Texas! 2021 is looking better and better every day—and so do you! Thanks for your always good rsvps for Onyx notes—and terrific book recommendations.

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Jan 14, 2021 at 5:37 PM

Posted on: Jan 14, 2021 at 6:53 AM

Happy Birthday to you. May there be scrumptious food and frivolous drinks and I dunno, take a nap? Books to read, Netflix to bingewatch, dancing on tabletops—-storytelling and may you hear lots of laughter!

Jan 06, 2021 at 12:21 PM

What a wonderful day for a birthday! You and Sara Howrey are a dynamic duo of inspiration. I just finished my class notes request that was promted by the reminder. May 'gifts' of the day for you and for all our world include beaucoups of happy connections to all the people we love. Happy Birthday Mary Anne.

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Nov 12, 2020 at 12:42 PM

Posted on: Nov 12, 2020 at 1:58 AM

Every day in every way the world has something to celebrate! Today even more reasons including but not limited to ..... YOU! And all you do for people, places and causes you love. Happy Personal New Year!

Nov 06, 2020 at 6:47 PM

Hey Jo! Happy thoughts on this birthday. I hope there are young voices to sing along with the candle blowing and gift giving and storytelling...maybe in person, perhaps via zooming or Skyping or FaceTime...always via the miraculous spiritual smiles of love. We all hope to stay as healthy and safe as possible in these times... see y’all in May 2021?

Nov 06, 2020 at 3:58 PM

Hey there and Happy Birthday to a happy woman! Maybe we’ll manage to party, hug, drink wine and extend all the details of 2020 celebrating right on into 2121! Do you have a “top ten list” for travels? Post an update, Vicky! Hope you’re safe and well and finding joyful ways to make this birthday fun.

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