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Dear Members,

Though there actually HAVE been pieces of good news this year, I think we can all agree that 2020 has left a lot to be desired.

You probably read the thoughtful listserv posts by a few friends of Kathy McSherry about her recent passing. I wanted to share some additional information once available and now that I have it, I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge this significant loss.

Kathy was a very active member in IACAC throughout her career in Admissions at Eastern Illinois University. She always supported new professionals and maintained strong connections with veteran counselors and admission folks. Her commitment to IACAC was extensive and this was recognized when she received the Patricia A. Kasowski Recognition Award in 2017, as she embarked upon her retirement. Soon after, Kathy moved to Michigan in order to be closer to family, including her mother, who passed away in late 2018.

Kathy was as kind as a person could be. She also had a quick wit and fast comeback or quip that was always either insightful or really funny. Most importantly, Kathy was a good friend and mentor to many in our profession and could likely be identified by almost anyone simply by overhearing her wonderful laugh. Laugh and smile, she did. She brought great joy into the lives of many people. She meant so much to so many, including me. I have missed her since she moved and will continue to miss her very, very much.

In Kathy’s honor, IACAC will make a monetary donation to the Lupus Foundation of America.

Additional information and Kathy’s obituary can be found here (and the picture there captures her wonderful, genuine smile).

Please keep Kathy’s family and friends in your thoughts during this difficult time.

Most Sincerely,

Amy Thompson
IACAC President

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