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Remembering Kathrine G. McGovern

Helen Drummond and Kathrine McGovern

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Kathrine (Kathy) G. McGovern. Houston Audubon has lost a dear friend, fellow champion of bird conservation, and longtime generous supporter.

Mrs. McGovern was always thoughtful and intentional in her unwavering support of Houston Audubon.  She helped make us a stronger, more impactful organization and helped improve the greater Houston landscape for the betterment of birds and people’s enjoyment.  From the iconic McGovern Canopy Walkway overlooking the Smith Oaks rookeries in High Island to supporting those committed to improving urban green space through Houston Audubon’s urban conservation award which was named in her honor, Mrs. McGovern’s mark of generosity, care for community, and love for the place she called home will be felt, seen, and experienced for years to come. 

On a personal note, I will truly miss our regular visits to catch up on conservation over lunch, watch a tennis match at her home, or enjoy brief outings to local art galleries.  She was an amazing and thoughtful person with a sweet sense of humor, and one who delighted in being able to help make a difference.  We bid our farewell to a most kind and beautiful soul. I know she flies in the winds of love, grace, and peace. She earned her wings and can now soar with the birds she loved.

The memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 13 at 11am at St. Paul's United Methodist Church. 

Helen E. Drummond
Houston Audubon President & CEO

Article in Houston Chronicle