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Kathryn Hill Tschopik - Daniels
October 1, 1945 ~ December 14, 2023 (age 78) 78 Years Old
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Rumford - Kathryn Hill Tschopik-Daniels, 78, was born in Bethesda, Maryland on October 1, 1945, in the first year of the Baby Boomer babies. She died on December 14, 2023, in the ICU Unit of Rhode Island Hospital, after heroic efforts on the part of the doctors and nurses to save her from complications arising from pneumonia.
She was a military brat, moving to various Marine Corps air bases and other cities nearby, such as Cherry Point, North Carolina, the War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and Kaneohe, Hawaii.
Growing up, she loved riding her horse in the early morning. As an adult, she never missed watching a Triple Crown Horserace on television.
She loved learning how to play piano from her incredibly talented grandmother Kathryn Hill Rawls, who was a pianist, composer, and highly acclaimed organist in Washington D.C. Her many moves growing up in the military generated a love of reading, from Proust’s “Remembrance of Things Past” on up. She graduated from high school with straight A’s and honors in Yuma, Arizona.
Following high school, she excelled in college, beginning with George Washington University (GW) in Washington, D.C. Her good academics from high school and GW allowed her to be admitted to University of California at Berkeley, where she majored in Physical Anthropology. In her junior year, Kate spent the summer in Washington D.C., working at a physical anthropology lab, similar to the TV show “Bones.”
Kate spent a summer after graduation in the Greek Islands. On her return home, she stopped over in Paris. While walking down the Champs-Elysées a gentleman approached her and told her in good English that she had the qualities he was looking for in a runway model and asked her if she had ever worked as a model. She said no. He replied that he was having a runway show in a few days and asked her if she’d like to be a runway model. She said, “Okay, yes!” Thus began her career as a Paris runway model. After the show, she returned to UC Santa Cruz. She later found out that the qualifications the scout was looking for were an inseam that was 50% of body height and body mass index of 18.
After graduation, Kate was one of two people to be awarded a Woodrow Wilson Grant, enabling her to begin graduate work at the Department of the History of Consciousness. She became disappointed with UC Santa Cruz and applied to and was admitted to Bolt Hall, the Law School at UC Berkeley. She worked hard, focusing on civil law, and upon graduating, passed the California Bar on her first try, a commendable achievement. She became an associate of a top level, white-shoe Los Angeles law firm, headed by Terry Christensen. She became a well-known litigator. After six years, she was made a partner. After making partner, she became ambitious and set up her own firm on Ocean Blvd, Santa Monica. Of the twenty-two cases she handled that went to jury, she won every case. Her most famous verdict came in her defeat of the notorious lawyer, Tom Girardi. Her love of being a lawyer was further demonstrated by her volunteering to teach Wellman’s “The Art of Cross-Examination” to new lawyers. That was her life as an L.A. lawyer.
She continued her law work in Rhode Island after marrying J.D. Daniels, Prof. of Bio-Engineering at Brown University. Because she had grown roses for a long time, she discovered the Rhode Island Rose Society and became the Secretary for ten years. She wrote two essays from the local newsletter that appeared in the National Rose Society’s magazine.
Kate was a shining light in so many lives! She was a smart, funny, capable woman who lived life on her own terms. She loved travel and cooking and was always looking for a new adventure. She will be remembered as a loyal, loving friend to everyone who knew her. She will be missed.
Calling hours and flowers are respectfully omitted. She will be buried on Thursday December 28, 2023, in the Rumford Cemetery at a private service.
To read Kathryn's autobiography, click this link: Kathryn Link