Katharine Van Meter Sadock

Katharine (Kitty) Van Meter Sadock, 84, passed away on March 24. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Theodore Sadock; son, Theodore of Albuquerque; daughter, Kukla of San Diego, CA; and several nieces and nephews. Born in Boone, Iowa to Maude Maria Ensign and Thomas Earl Van Meter, Kitty grew up in Moline, IL. She was a graduate of Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA, receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree. She moved to Albuquerque in 1948 to become an artist. After marrying local physician Theodore Sadock in 1950, they lived in New York for two years while her husband completed his residency program. While in New York City she worked as a window dresser in a major downtown department store. Returning to Albuquerque in 1952, Kitty became well known in the Albuquerque art scene and had many major shows. Her paintings are represented in both public and private collections. A world traveler, Kitty had an incredible memory for detail and a sense of design and color that were the hallmarks of her work. Her paintings range from people in bazaars in Africa to pastoral scenes in Europe to scenes from the American west, including Indian dancers, for which she was well known. She was also active in local theatre, and was a jeweler, sculptor and writer. She was known as an avant-garde designer of clothes. She received many honors throughout her life, including having a memorial garden named after her at the Hahneman University Medical School to honor the Sadock's many contributions to the school. She was the past state president of the National League American of Pen Women, member of the New Mexico Art League, charter member of the New Mexico Watercolor Society and the Southwest Writers Workshop. She was a mentor and inspiration to many young artists. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the auxiliaries at St. Joseph and Presbyterian Hospital and to the Albuquerque Art Museum. A memorial service will be held at the Albuquerque Art Museum in the Sculpture Garden on Monday, March 29 at 2:00 p.m. Ladies are requested to wear a hat and bright clothes to help celebrated Kitty's life.

From: The Albuquerque Journal - Albuquerque, New Mexico.  March 28, 1999.


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