Palo Alto Online - Lasting Memories - Kathryn Green's memorial

Kathryn Green
July 17, 1953-April 12, 2015
Los Altos Hills, California

Kathryn Green, a passionate philanthropist dedicated to the arts, environment and women's issues, passed away at Stanford Hospital on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, following a tragic roadside accident. The beloved wife of Richard Partridge, senior staff scientist at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Kathryn was a resident of Los Altos Hills since 2006, a free spirit who touched many lives.

Born in Santa Monica, California, on July 17, 1953, she grew up in Pacific Palisades before getting her degree at Johnston College at University of Redlands in 1976. Kathryn and Richard married in August 1986 in Menlo Park. They subsequently spent 20 years in Providence, Rhode Island, where Kathryn was a founding board member of Community MusicWorks, before returning to the Bay Area.

A writer and avid cook who rarely repeated a recipe, Kathryn also loved the theatre. She was a major supporter and volunteer with TheatreWorks Silicon Valley for nearly 40 years, most recently serving on its Playreading Committee. Her commitment to philanthropy included many additional organizations: University of Redlands; Sustainable Conservation of San Francisco; WomenGO!, which she co-founded; Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund; and the Downtown Palo Alto Farmers' Market, where she served on the board of directors.

Kathryn was predeceased by her parents, Margaret Frank Green and Nathaniel Patrick Green, and is survived by her husband, Richard, and brother, William Green of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

A woman of joy, integrity, humor and curiosity, Kathryn was beloved by all.

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Memorial service
A celebration of her life will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, at the Stanford Faculty Club, 439 Lagunita Drive, Stanford, California.
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Memorial donations can be made to: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley ( or Sustainable Conservation (

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