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Rose K. Katz, 80, Counselor, Director, Associate Dean

July 10, 2008
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Rose K. Katz

Rose Kibrick Katz, 80, retired associate dean at Temple University and former president of the Retired Senior Volunteers Program of Montgomery County, died July 7 at Keystone House hospice.

Katz earned a bachelor's degree in psychology at Pennsylvania State University. In 1950, she married Benjamin Katz, who later became a professor of marketing.

While raising their three children, she completed a master's degree in counseling at Temple University. She was a guidance counselor at Kensington High School for Girls before she became an academic adviser at Temple University

She went on to become the director of the Academic Advising Center, and was later an associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

During her years at Temple, she served on the regional Jewish Campus Activities Board. In 1988 and 1989, she lived in Tokyo while establishing the academic advising center at Temple University of Japan.

Prior to that, Katz visited Russia and the Ukraine, where, together with her husband, she gave support to refuseniks. Her numerous experiences included solo travel in Asia, trekking in the Himalayas and white-water rafting in Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala and on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

She enjoyed volunteer service with a wide range of organizations, including RSVP and the Walnut Street Theater. She also served on a program to provide juvenile offenders with alternatives to incarceration, and would accompany police to scenes of domestic violence.

Katz was a member of Or Hadash: A Reconstructionist Congregation in Fort Washington, and of AMIT, a network providing services for at-risk children in Israel.

Katz is survived by daughter Joan Betesh; sons Stephen Katz and James Katz; sister Matti Gershenfeld; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; niece Adele Karp; and her life partner of more than 20 years, Barry Zimmerman.

Contributions in her memory can be made to: AMIT, P.O. Box 342, Wynnewood, PA 19096.

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