By Pat Christman
Catherine "Kate" Brown died November 14, 2013 at her home in Mankato. She was 65 years old, born March 15, 1948 in Mankato to Theodore J. and Ruth Brown. She was baptised Catherine Ruth Brown and attended Catholic schools in Mankato, graduating from Loyola High School in 1966.
She graduated from Mankato State University with honors in history and political science, and then attended law school at the University of Iowa. She graduated and was admitted to the Minnesota bar in 1974.
She returned to Mankato where she was a pioneering woman lawyer at Johnson, Johnson, Anderson and Moonan. While employed at the Johnson Law Firm she worked as a public defender representing indigent clients. In 1977 she left the Johnson firm and started her own law firm.
She was the first students' attorney at MSU and held that position for 16 years while also maintaining her own general law practice. As a part-time employee of the Mankato State University Students' Association she helped many students with landlord-tenant and other legal problems. She also did much pro bono work for clients in the Mankato area. She retired from her law practice in 2001.
Kate was a lifelong reader who enjoyed reading mysteries, biographies and cereal boxes. She also enjoyed golfing and her pets.
Kate is survived by her aunt
and godmother Elizabeth (Betty) Brown of North Mankato, and two cousins, Michael J. Keefe of Mankato and Patrick W. Keefe of Owatonna. There will be no memorial services.