A friend and feminist philosopher died suddenly and unexpectedly of a pulmonary infection over the weekend. I’m heartbroken and shaken up.
I first met Catherine as a graduate student at Western. She was part of a cohort of feminist philosophers of science supervised by Kathleen Okruhlik. Catherine went on to career at the University of Windsor and contributed a ton to feminist philosophy community building, and a ton to her department, and to Philosophy at Windsor, in addition to her own research and teaching, which was also a lot and significant.
You can read more about Catherine’s work in philosophy here.
In recent years, after my move to Guelph, we became closer friends as Guelph is Cate’s hometown. We met up for dog walks a lot. We talked about philosophy (of course) but also about body positivity, families, feminist community, and university politics. We loved talking about clothes and fashion. We schemed about retiring together in Guelph and I always had a sense that we had lots more friendship in our future. Now we don’t and I’m very sad. I can’t even imagine what her family in Guelph are going through. I’m thinking about her mother, her sisters, her nieces, and her dog Chloe.
I’m Cate’s memory, I’m going to share some of Cate’s blog posts here at Fit is a Feminist Issue.
There are other Cate posts and you can read them all here.