Katharine J. Reese, 87, Gilman School trustee

April 04, 2005

Katharine Jackson Reese, a former Gilman School trustee who was active in Harford County educational and cultural causes, died of cancer March 25 at her Havre de Grace home. She was 87.

Born in New Haven, Conn., and the daughter of John Day Jackson, former editor and publisher of the New Haven Register, she earned a degree at Sarah Lawrence College and studied piano in France in the 1930s.

She and her husband of nearly 50 years, William B. Reese, a Coca-Cola executive and farmer, moved to Seven Springs Farm in northern Harford County in 1950. He died in 1998.

Mrs. Reese was among the founders and benefactors of the Harford Day School in Bel Air and volunteered for many years in its administrative office.

In the early 1970s, she was named a Gilman School trustee and remained on its board for several terms. She was also on the board of the Steppingstone Museum in Havre de Grace and was a Liriodendron volunteer.

She was a founder of the Maryland Conservatory of Music in Bel Air.

In 2004, Mrs. Reese was awarded Harford County's O'Henry Award in recognition for her role as a patron of the arts.

A memorial service is planned for later this year.

Survivors include a son, William S. Reese of New Haven; two daughters, Kathy Reese of Dover, Ark., and Barbara Reese of West Chester, Pa.; and three grandchildren.

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