Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

The Visionary Philanthropy of Kathleen M. Greey

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

The Visionary Philanthropy of Kathleen M. Greey

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"She was a true philanthropist who gave generously of her time and earnings, a trait that was instilled in her by her parents."

That is how the late Kathleen M. Greey was described by her cousin, Charlotte G. Christy.

"Her donations spanned from family to church to other organizations she came in contact with on her road through life," Christy added.

Phi Kappa Phi was one of those organizations. Greey was "a proud member and gave freely of her time to it," Christy recalled. Indeed, when a chapter was established at Portland State University in 1980, Greey was founding secretary, a post she held for most of the years prior to her retirement in 2000.

A librarian by profession, Greey was admired and respected by her colleagues. "Never aggressive or confrontational. Kathy always took a calm, reasoned approach that--together with her winning smile--was impossible to resist." said Tom Pfingsten, former director of the Branford P. Millar Library at the school.

Travel was among Greey's lifelong interests, and she planned extensive adventures upon her retirement. …

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