Kathleen Helen <I>Carter</I> Durham

Kathleen Helen Carter Durham

Birth
Batavia, Genesee County, New York, USA
Death 21 Feb 2003 (aged 87)
Summerville, Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 65639034 · View Source
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State, The (Columbia, SC) — Monday, February 24, 2003
SUMMERVILLE - Services for Kathleen Carter Durham, 87, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Columbia, with burial in First Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Columbia. Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, Columbia, is in charge.

Mrs. Durham, wife of the late Frank M. Durham, died Friday, February 21, 2003. The daughter of the late John Joseph and Elizabeth Carter, she was born in Batavia, N.Y. and grew up in Birmingham, Ala. She attended Birmingham Southern University where she studied Theater. She moved with her husband on early teaching assignments at Clemson University, The Citadel and the University of North Carolina. In 1949-50, while her husband was at Columbia University in New York, she moved to Columbia where she did a children's reading program on local radio, ran an afterschool program for the Columbia Parks Department and participated in the Town Theater.

Mrs. Durham and her late husband lived in Charleston for 28 years while he was teaching in the English Department at The Citadel.

In 1958 she accompanied her husband to Adelaide, So. Australia on a Fulbright Scholarship. She was involved with the literary and theater community and hosted many gatherings in her home. She spent time on her son's classmates' sheep station in the Outback of Central Australia. She was the first woman to ever live in an adobe hut for herders for a month. In 1961-62, while her husband was building a graduate school in Saigon, South Vietnam, she organized women's groups to teach English and to foster American Vietnamese understanding through the auspices of the USIS/USIA. She also established informal meetings in her home for students and their families to meet with and get to know American families. She travelled extensively in Europe and Asia. In 1964 she and her late husband moved back to Columbia where she was active in The New Century Club, The Current Literature Club, The Drama Club, The Town Theater, Habitat for Humanity and was a member of the Assembly. She was also a member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church. In Charleston she was active in The Footlight Players, The Dock Street Theater, The Century Club, The Poetry Society of South Carolina and a number of garden and book clubs. She was also an active member of First (Scots) Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Durham was a resident of The Presbyterian Home in Summerville at the time of her death. She continued to be active and travel and was an inspiration to many.

Surviving are her son, Frank M. Durham of Denver; brother, Douglas Carter of McMinninville, Ore.; granddaughter, Allison Carter Durham of Boston.


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  • Maintained by: Anna
  • Originally Created by: Kelley Bean
  • Added: 14 Feb 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 65639034
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Kathleen Helen Carter Durham (23 Apr 1915–21 Feb 2003), Find A Grave Memorial no. 65639034, citing First Presbyterian Churchyard, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Anna (contributor 47329432) .