Kathleen, like so many authors, seemed to have a bit of a love/hate relationship with research, but she brought a pilot’s exacting level of detail to the process, digging out facts about her subjects that were heretofore unknown.
As her agent, I always appreciated Kathleen’s professionalism and ambition, as well as her loyalty and feistiness. I remember how riled up she would get when we were negotiating with her publisher, yet how practical she was when needed. I remember her thoughtfulness when my son was born and her inquiries about our forthcoming child.
I will miss Kathleen, and can but take small comfort that she leaves behind a literary legacy of which she and her family can be proud. Those of us interested in the history of flight and women in flight will be missing out now that Kathleen will not be writing more.
My deepest sympathies go out to Kathleen’s entire family.