Katherine R. White, 32, archaeologist


A memorial service for Katherine R. White, an archaeologist, will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Epiphany Episcopal Church, 1417 Old Odenton Road in Odenton.

Mrs. White, 32, was strangled Sunday in her Laurel home. Anne Arundel County police have made an arrest in the case.

Born Katherine Randolph in Baltimore and raised in Sherwood Forest, Mrs. White was a 1992 graduate of Queen Anne School in Upper Marlboro and earned a bachelor's degree in archaeology and anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1996.

"When she was a child, she was always digging and finding things. Her grandfather, who lived in Pennsylvania, gave Kate her first archaeological hammer when she was 5," said her mother, Rebecca Y. Randolph of Severn. "He'd take her to a hill behind his house and they'd dig and have wonderful adventures."

Mrs. White had been a freelance archaeologist and cultural resource manager but had not worked for several years, her mother said.

She enjoyed collecting old 78-rpm records, playing the piano and gourmet cooking.

"Throughout her life, Kate had been concerned about the plight of the needy and the homeless," her mother said, adding that the family suggested memorial donations to Annapolis Area Ministry Inc., Lighthouse Shelter New Building Fund, 206 West St., Annapolis 21400.

Mrs. White is also survived by her husband of 11 months, William Brian White, a computer designer and analyst; a brother, Anthony R. Randolph Jr. of Frederick; and her maternal grandmother, Margaret B. Young of Reedsville, Pa.

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