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BORCHARDT – Kathy Evans, 64, died unexpectedly on May 27, 2009. Kathy was born on August 7, 1944, to Bruce Evans and Correne Griswold Evans. Kathy grew up in Tulsa and graduated from Edison High School. She attended the University of Oklahoma and graduated in 1966. After college, she joined her then-husband, Charles Borchardt, in Thailand, where he was stationed during his military service. Upon returning to Tulsa, Kathy worked as a legal secretary for a few years. She soon realized that she was as capable as the attorneys for whom she worked, so she decided, with the encouragement of her father, an attorney, to go to law school. When she started at TU Law School there were few women law students and even fewer practicing women lawyers. Rather than being intimidated by this, Kathy took it as a personal challenge to promote the cause of women in the legal profession. She served as the first President of the TU Women’s Law Caucus. Kathy graduated from law school in 1976. Kathy has related the story of going to the State Capital to be sworn into the Oklahoma Bar and being mistaken for a visitor rather than a new admittee because of her gender. Kathy practiced law in Tulsa in her own law firm.
She specialized in divorce and employment law, and was listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America for employment litigation in 1987-1988. Kathy was an energetic and vigorous advocate for her clients. She continued to be an advocate for women’s equality. She was the founding President of the Tulsa Women Lawyer’s Association in 1983. This organization provided women attorneys in Tulsa with networking and mentoring opportunities not found in other legal organizations. Kathy also contributed her professional time and energy by volunteering as a pro bona attorney for Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, speaking at civic groups and seminars, and teaching Family Law at TU Law School. She also volunteered for many years as a literacy tutor for the Tulsa City-County Library. In addition to the law, cats were Kathy’s great love. She volunteered and donated funds to several local feline rescue organizations, including StreetCats, Inc, and Spay Oklahoma. She is survived by: her sister, Keta Morgan; her aunt, Marquetta Brown; many cousins; and her three cats, Dorothy Parker, Maya Angelou, and Charlie Chaplin.

~ reprinted from Tulsa World

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