Katherine M. Struck, 46, lacrosse league founder

June 23, 2005

Katherine Marie Struck, a former budget analyst and youth lacrosse league founder, died of breast cancer Sunday at her Odenton home. She was 46.

Born in St. Louis, she was the daughter of John J. "Jack" McMahon, a former professional basketball player and coach. She was raised around the country while her father held positions with the Cincinnati Royals, the San Diego Rockets and the Philadelphia 76ers.

She earned a bachelor's degree in 1979 from what is now McDaniel College and was a budget analyst for the Navy in Washington from 1980 until 1993.

In 1995, Mrs. Struck established the Old Mill Youth Lacrosse League and continued volunteering with it until 2003 with her husband, who was head coach.

"She felt that she wanted to do something for the community and founded the league. She also volunteered at Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School and Archbishop Spalding High School," said her husband of 18 years, Al J. Struck, director of faster care at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Mrs. Struck, whose breast cancer was diagnosed in 1993, continued pursuing a vigorous lifestyle. She enjoyed hiking and biking trips in New England and the West and world travel.

She was a communicant of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Annapolis and St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 1283 Odenton Road in Odenton, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

She is also survived by a son, Burt J. Struck of Odenton; a daughter, Erica Struck of Arlington; Va.; her mother, Kay McMahon of Philadelphia; and two brothers, John J. McMahon Jr. of Philadelphia and Brian McMahon of Nutley, N.J.

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