Katherine K. 'Kay' Lehmann, member of McDonogh and Roland Park Place boards

Katherine K. "Kay" Lehmann, a former member of the McDonogh School board of trustees who was also on the founding board of Roland Park Place, died March 30 of heart failure at Stella Maris Hospice.

She was 85 and lived at the Mercy Ridge retirement community in Timonium.

"Kay was a very warm-spirited and generous lady who had been a true leader at McDonogh," said Barry Rollins, a 1974 McDonogh graduate who is now director of gift planning at the Owings Mills school. "My family had known and had a long association with her for years."

The daughter of Frederick John Krauss, an Esso Oil Co. accountant, and Emma Corrine Keigler, a homemaker, Katherine Eleanor Krauss was born in Baltimore and raised on Sherwood Avenue.

She was a 1949 graduate of Forest Park High School and earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1953 from Cornell University, where she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority.

While in high school and college, she played field hockey, basketball, tennis, volleyball and badminton.

At Cornell, she served on committees of the Women's Athletic Association and was president of the organization her senior year. She also was captain of its basketball and badminton teams, and enjoyed swimming.

After graduating from Cornell, she taught math for several years at Towson High School.

She was married in 1958 to Wallace Kemp Lehmann, who worked for the C.M. Kemp Manufacturing Co., a family manufacturing firm founded in 1877. The couple later settled in the Hampton neighborhood of Towson.

Her husband told her she could "do anything she wanted to do, as long as she didn't get paid," family members said, which Mrs. Lehmann translated into a lifetime of volunteering.

From 1955 to 1970, she volunteered with the local Red Cross water safety program as a swimming instructor and served on various committees.

In 1970, she was recognized for her nearly 3,000 volunteer hours with the organization and was presented the Red Cross Hall of Fame Award. She also continued to teach swimming to children and adults at her Towson home and later at her home in Weems, Va.

With her children attending McDonogh School from 1967 to 1984, Mrs. Lehmann devoted many hours to the parents' association and in 1976 was appointed to the school's board, which coincided with its transition from an all-male student body to a coeducational institution.

"Kay was the second woman to be named to the board, where she remained until 1984," Mr. Rollins said. "She was passionate about supporting scholarship opportunities at McDonogh, and the middle school library is named in her family's honor."

In 1979, she was named a founding board member of the Roland Park Place retirement community.

When she stepped down in 1991, the president of the board, Carl J, Meil Jr., wrote in a letter, "we realize how much time and effort you have given to the organization and know that without your years of devotion, Roland Park Place would not have its sound foundation for the future."

He added: "You are truly one of the founding members of Roland Park Place and your service is deeply appreciated."

The genesis of Roland Park Place began with the congregation of First English Lutheran Church in Guilford, where she was a member.

"Kay has been part of this venture since its inception. She was one of the original thinkers who gave shape to this idea, which was born in the Mission and Ministry Committee of our congregation," wrote the Rev. Donald L. Burggraf, who was pastor of the church, at the time of her 1991 retirement from the board.

Mrs. Lehmann was active for years with the Cornell Club of Maryland, where she hosted many dinner parties and planned local alumni events.

She was a member of the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network, interviewing prospective students for 30 years and serving on various committees. She also remained devoted to Kappa Delta sorority, which presented her with their Order of the Emerald award in 2013.

She was a member of the Junior Women's Club of Maryland, Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, the Hampton Bowling League, Cross Keys Tennis Club and Homeland Racquet Club, and volunteered at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

Fom 1986 until 1996, when she and her husband moved to Mercy Ridge, the couple lived at a home in Weems, Va., along the Rappahannock River.

Mrs. Lehmann was an accomplished cross-stitcher and quilter and was active in quilting clubs in Baltimore and the Northern Neck of Virginia. Many of her groups' quilting projects were offered as fundraising items at charity events.

She was a world traveler and enjoyed following and attending Cornell lacrosse games, as well as University of Maryland football and basketball events.

Mrs. Lehmann enjoyed baking, cooking and entertaining family and friends.

"She enjoyed hosting parties," said a son, Karl Frederick Lehmann of Towson. "And she loved cooking German food. She liked meat and potatoes, and sauerkraut was a big thing with her."

Her husband of 57 years, who rose to become president of C.M. Kemp Co., died in 2015.

In addition to First English Lutheran Church, she was a member of Ascension Lutheran Church in Towson, Epiphany Episcopal Church in Timonium and Grace Episcopal Church in Kilmarnock, Va.

A memorial servcie for Mrs. Lehmann will be held at noon Saturday at Epiphany Episcopal Church, 2216 Pot Spring Road.

In addition to her son, she is survived by another son, William Kemp Lehmann of Johnstown, Pa.; a daughter, Mary Katherine Harris of Manchester, Pa.; and four grandchildren.

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