Our devoted and beloved member of very long-standing, Kate Meil, died this month at age 93. Kate joined the Society in the 1960s and served our community in many ways. An accountant by profession, Kate had been our treasurer. She was a feminist who sustained an interest in contemporary politics and would often discuss her views, which were always very thoughtful and well informed, at Society gatherings.
Kate was an avid reader and participated in book groups sponsored by the Society. But most significantly, Kate was a very talented artist, both a painter and an accomplished sculptor who exhibited at shows around the county. Those members and guests of the Society who did not know Kate personally are nevertheless familiar with her work, which will continue to inspire. Several of her paintings hang on the wall of the meeting room. But more prominently, the beautiful bust of Albert Einstein, which graces our meetinghouse and has an important place to the right of our platform speakers, is Kate’s creation and a gift to our community.
Kate resided in Edgewater for many years. She was in decline in her last decade and lovingly cared for by her daughter, Maria Black. A memorial service will be announced after arrangements are made.