Academic journal article Organization Development Journal

The Passing of an OD Pioneer and Legend: Kathleen (Kathie) Douglas Dannemiller April 27, 1929-December 26, 2003

Academic journal article Organization Development Journal

The Passing of an OD Pioneer and Legend: Kathleen (Kathie) Douglas Dannemiller April 27, 1929-December 26, 2003

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The OD Journal and staff would like to honor the memory of longtime leader and contributor to the field, Kathleen (Kathie) Dannemiller. Kathie profoundly affected many and touched lives all over the world. This space is intended as a tribute to recognize her significant contributions to the theory and practice of Organization Development. The following was written by her friend, Arthur Lerner, and will hopefully share some parts of Kathie's life with you that you may not have otherwise known.

Kathie Dannemiller, the "mother" of the Ark, passed away on December 26, last year of complications following emergency surgery at age 74. While she grew to be an ardent lover and supporter of folk music, the purpose in founding the Ark was not to support the music in particular. The purpose was an outgrowth of a strong sense of social concern and an activist spirit. She, and the other founders, were looking for a way to provide a resource to students in the turbulent late 196Os that would be open would be open to all, provide a wholesome-but not "preachy"-environment, offer entertainment attractive to "younger" people, and be a safe, dependable, accessible, and comfortable place to go. Part of the Ark's offerings to this day-less well known than the concerts and performances-includes providing educational, counseling, and advocacy support for people in the local community. It has also grown to attract "older" people, too.

Kathie lived and championed similar values in other parts of her life. She served two terms on the Ann Arbor School Board, including a term as its president. She was involved in programs and campaigns to promote social justice, feminist causes, and inclusion and diversity, including acting as campaign manager for candidates running for local, state, and federal office. …

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