The joyful memorial to Kathi Kamen Goldmark yesterday was a tribute to a life well lived. Her service, held at the historic Congregation Sherith Israel in San Francisco, honored Kathi’s memory in tenderhearted, eloquent, and witty speeches. Ben Fong-Torres, the MC, introduced family and close friends as they tearfully recalled how Kathi had touched their lives with her magic, enthusiasm, and unconditional support and love.
The song, “In My Life,” sung by Wesla Whitfield accompanied by Mike Greensill was particularly heartfelt. Amy Tan concluded the service with many fond and humorous memories.
At the reception that followed in Newman Hall, the mood slowly changed: Los Train Wreck band’s bluesy tunes greeted the crowd that was aptly attired with much leopard-print. Kathi’s trademark touch was also repeated in the leopard print plates, napkins, and balloons, making the event festive and evocative. Sharing more stories, singing songs, the reception became the rockin’ party Kathi had wanted.
We were honored to represent Women’s National Book Association there.
Kathi was the recipient of the Women’s National Book Association Award, 2008, “in appreciation of her extraordinary contribution to promoting literacy, freedom of expression, a love of reading, or women’s careers in the world of books.”
Kathi will be greatly missed in our literary community. But we will always recall her generous spirit that will continue to inspire and encourage us in our work at WNBA.