Condolences for Catherine McKeon

Markus Grompe posted on 1/28/21

Cathy was instrumental in helping me launch my gene therapy research early in my career. She was always available for advice and very supportive of young investigators. I am very grateful to her. Very knowledgeable and very kind. Rest in Peace.


Pamela Davis posted on 9/24/20

Cathy was my program officer for many years for my NIH grants through her institute, and something of a "rabbi" for the combined grants I often held. She was a lovely person, a wonderful counselor, and a well-read scientist. She was devoted to finding solutions to health problems through science. I liked her very much, and I can hardly believe she is gone. She deserved a much longer happy life with the family she loved and cherished. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Pam Davis


Van S. Hubbard posted on 9/23/20

I send my heartfelt condolences to the family. Cathy and I would always kid about what I was going to do next in our career. It was coincidental that she came to MCV in Richmond and worked with some of the same people I had during my MD, PhD training. She then suddenly appeared on the 8th floor of the Clinical Center and saw my name on a number of files and cabinets. Later she also followed me to the extramural side of NIDDK. She did beat me to retirement. We both had many fond memories of our experiences. Always remember the good times.


Judy Fradkin posted on 9/23/20

When I heard there was a chance to recruit Cathy to lead genetic metabolic research at NIDDK I jumped at the opportunity and she never let me forget that I began recruiting her while she was still on maternity leave. Cathy was exceptional in so many ways —smart, principled, and caring, with a huge range of interests and talents. Her influence shaped the emergence of new therapies and she helped so many colleagues to be successful. All of us knew that her greatest happiness came from her love and pride In her family. She glowed talking about her daughters’ accomplishments. I grieve for her loss and send all my sympathy to Rick, Alyssa, and Jessica.


Steve Hoffmann posted on 9/21/20

Dear Alyssa and family, Please accept my deepest sympathies. My and my family's thoughts and prayers are with you. Your mother's legacy and life of helping the world is inspiring to us all. I'm blessed to know her wonderful daughter Alyssa.


Kristina McLeod posted on 9/20/20

I had the honor of helping Cathy and Rick purchase their home in Wilmington when they decided to retire here. They were such a fun couple and we quickly became friends. I truly value that friendship and I will miss Cathy greatly! I appreciated so many things about her. Her love of cooking, music and travel, her kindness, sense of humor and compassion. What I will value most of all, is the advice that she gave me when it came to motherhood. She shared stories with me about raising Alyssa and Jessica and I have applied her experience in raising my own 2 daughters. Jessica and mom LOVED YOU SO MUCH!!! Proud does not even come close to describing how she felt about your accomplishments and the people you have become. You were the lights of her life and her greatest accomplishment. Rick- you know you were the love of her life. I don't even want to imagine how your heart is feeling right now. My hope is that all of the fun memories will be your comfort and that you will celebrate her life by living yours the way should would have wanted. Sharon-I am so sorry for the loss that you will feel with Cathy gone. I am very grateful to her for introducing us. Please know that I am sending love your way as you and the rest of the family go through this loss. Cathy-rest in peace my friend. You were a classy lady and a wonderful person. It was an honor to have known you. With love, Kristina McLeod


Mike Boehnke posted on 9/20/20

Catherine was a wonderful person and I am stunned and saddened by her passing. I was one of the many NIH-funded investigators with whom Catherine worked over the years and was incredibly lucky to have as project officer for several of my NIH grants. I deeply appreciated her commitment to science, her strong support, and her wise counsel. My sincere condolences to Catherine’s family and friends.


Bernice Samuels posted on 9/19/20

So sad to hear this news. Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time.


susan schlegel posted on 9/19/20

Rick, Alyssa, and Jessica- Such a shock! My sincerest condolences. Cathy was taken away much too soon. I worked closely with her on Cystic Fibrosis and considered her a friend and colleague. We shared a love of applying our knowledge of science to help make lives better for those suffering from devastating genetic diseases such as CF. We also sat together in a retirement class as she expressed her excitement to be going to Wilmington for her “golden years” and I’m happy she had some time there but would have hoped for more. Hopefully, wonderful memories will help lessen the pain now and help sustain us. Susan


Sheryl Sato posted on 9/19/20

Our deepest condolences from John and I. Cathy was a wonderful mentor, colleague, and friend of ours for many years at NCI and NIDDK. It was my privilege to know and work with her at NIDDK. She was a shining example of dedication and unmatched judgement as a program director--always thoughtful, meticulous, and fair in her deliberations. She will be deeply missed.


John Hanover posted on 9/18/20

What a wonderful colleague and friend. She will be sorely missed.


John Hanover posted on 9/18/20

Cathy and I spent many happy lunch hours together back in the early 80s. My wife Sheryl and I kept up with her as she became Sheryl’s colleague. What a wonderful laugh Cathy had. She will be sorely missed by us all.


Gillian Walker posted on 9/18/20

For Rick, Alyssa and Jessica.....You – you alone will have the stars as no one else has them…In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night…You – only you – will have stars that can laugh; (Piccolo Principe). I am sad beyond words. Cathy pointed me in the direction for all of what I have, ànd for what I do today.


Gillian Walker posted on 9/18/20

For Rick, Alyssa and Jessica.......You – you alone will have the stars as no one else has them…In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night…You – only you – will have stars that can laugh (Piccolo Principe). I am sad beyond words. Cathy pointed me in the direction for what I have and for what I do today.


Dave and Jan Michek posted on 9/18/20

We love Cathy like a sister, not a sister-in-law. She has done so much for people totally unselfishly and will be missed forever......


Judy Dickerson posted on 9/18/20

I will always treasure my memories of Cathy & our times together as a family. She is truly missed.


Bev Haley posted on 9/18/20

I am so happy that I had the opportunity to get to know Catherine. We made pottery together at Orange Street Pottery. She alway had a quick smile, we shared great experiences and quite a few laughs. She also made some very nice pots. Catherine will be missed by many.


Rebekah Rasooly posted on 9/18/20

My wonderful colleague at NIH, a mentor who became a good friend. I am devastated and wish only good things to come for her family.


Todd Le posted on 9/18/20

I am deeply sadness for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.


beena akolkar posted on 9/18/20

Rick, we are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all for comfort and strength during this difficult time. Beena and Pradip Akolkar


Ellen Leschek posted on 9/18/20

I would like to express my condolences to Cathy's family. I worked with Cathy at the NIH for many years. She was a very talented and accomplished scientist and a treasured colleague and friend. Jessica and Alyssa, while you don't me, I know all about you because Cathy was so incredibly proud of both of you. She loved you both so very much. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.


saul malozowski posted on 9/18/20

I have the image of Catherine in my mind, she is sitting on her desk with a pencil going over a document making sure that the ts were crossed and the is were dotted. She was scrupulous and attentive. She always made herself available to answer any question related to my administrative or scientific shortcomings. She was engaging and ready to contribute and I learned a LOT from and with her. I felt I lost a great guide when she retired form NIH; at the same time, I was happy for her knowing that she had a long list of things she wanted to do in her life that she approached with gusto. She will be missed


Gerardo Hasse posted on 9/18/20

Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss.


Maren Laughlin posted on 9/18/20

I am grateful for having known Cathy--a life well lived, full of accomplishments and passion. She leaves behind a better world.


Philip Smith posted on 9/18/20

Rick, all of us her in NIDDK are crushed by this news of Cathy's untimely death. She was such a special person and was adored by the extramural scientific community whom she served with such skill, tact, and insight. I always treasured her counsel and her integrity. NIH was a much better place because of her.


Jim (Sarge) Willis posted on 9/18/20

So sorry for Rick, Although we haven't seen Rick and Cathy for many years I always considered them my true friends having known them for over 40 years. Please accept my deepest heartfelt condolences !


Cristian and Manuela Tanasescu posted on 9/18/20

Condolences! In heaven where you are like now rest in peace! May God be with you in your eternal life!!!


Alessandro Cama posted on 9/18/20

Grateful for having had the privilege to collaborate with Cathy I pray for her and her family


Pauline McGraw posted on 9/18/20

My sincere condolences to Maureen and the entire Family


Kristen Westermann posted on 9/18/20

Cathy always made me feel like a welcome member of her tribe. I’ll miss my cousin. I thought we’d have more time.


Janet and Vince posted on 9/17/20

Rick, so sorry for your loss. We will be praying for comfort and strength during this difficult time. Please know we are here if there is anything you need.


Sonia Najjar and Domenico Accili posted on 9/17/20

What a sad news we have just received. Cathy was called home far too soon. She was a symbol of professionalism, commitment to science and colleagues. She will be missed. May you Rest In Peace, good and peaceful soul.


James and Sarah Doss posted on 9/17/20

We are so happy we got to know Cathy at Rx over the past few years and always loved hearing the about latest travels and adventures. Cathy will be so missed by all of us at Rx - we were all heartbroken to hear the news. Or deepest condolences to Rick and family.


LYNN R SORBARA posted on 9/17/20

I will never forget Cathy's laugh! It was a great laugh and I still hear it and see her smile! We had some very good and fun times together especially at the NIH. My dear Rick, Alyssa, and Jessica, my heart goes out to you! I am still in shock and disbelief! Cathy was a wonderful friend to me and I don't think I would have made it the first few years at NIH without her! I still remember the day that Jessica was born and Alyssa stayed with me while Rick and Cathy went off to the hospital. Was so very happy for the family! I have watched the years go by and was so excited to know that Rick and Cathy found their wonderful new home in No. Carolina! I am so sad for all of you. I really can't find the words of comfort right now but know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers!


Elizabeth Flagg posted on 9/17/20

We mourn with you, my dear cousins.


Joyce Kreis posted on 9/16/20

A wonderful life, lost too soon. Cathy gave so much to her family and career and had so many successes in her life. My deepest sympathy to Rick, Alyssa and Jessica who I know will feel the greatest loss. Love to Maureen, Sharon and Mike, may you find peace remembering the good times you all shared.


Karen Katonah posted on 9/16/20

Rest In Peace sweet cousin, I’m so glad I got to see you in February. Sending prayers and condolences to the family.