About Kathie: Kathie Williams Beckman retired in 2001 after working for 20 years as a computer analyst/programmer at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. Kathie and her husband now live in Greenville, North Carolina, Emerald Isle North Carolina, and California. They are busy with traveling, volunteer work, and exercise.
After high school graduation Kathie attended the University of Michigan. In her senior year she married Dave Beckman, a research physiologist. Kathie graduated in 1970 with a degree in biology. She worked in the U of M's zoology department for 2 years before Dave became a professor in Grand Forks, North Dakota (University of North Dakota). Their two sons were born there. It was with great enthusiasm that they moved south to North Carolina in 1976. Dave joined the physiology department in the new medical school at East Carolina University. Kathie went back to school and got an associate degree in programming and worked the next 20 years on financial systems at the University. Both of their sons are computer engineers in California. (Why did they have to move so far away?) They spend most of their travel time in San Diego since the arrival of their 2 granddaughters. In 2008, Dave had a brain aneurysm and massive stroke. He was one of the lucky few to make a good recovery. Kathie is so thankful every day for the blessings in her life: faith, health, family, and friends.