Catherine “Kay” Schlichting
November 18, 1923 ‒ July 04, 2014
Catherine “Kay” Fletcher Nicholson Schlichting, age 90 of Delaware, professor emeritus of Ohio Wesleyan University, passed away peacefully Friday evening, July 4th, 2014, at Willow Brook Christian Community. People will remember Kay for her ready smile and willingness to help others.
She was born on November 18, 1923 to William Parsons and Ethel Louise (Breitling) Nicholson in Huntsville, Alabama, where she spent her entire childhood, graduating from Huntsville High School. After graduation from the University of Alabama in 1944, where she received the Algernon Sidney Sullivan Award, Kay served as librarian at Sylacauga High School, Sylacauga, Alabama and at Hinsdale High School, Hinsdale, Illinois. In 1950, she received a Masters of Library Science from the University of Chicago, and then served as librarian at the Center for Children’s Books at the University of Chicago. Kay joined the library faculty of Ohio Wesleyan University in the fall of 1965, retiring in 1986 but continuing to serve as curator of the Ohio Wesleyan University Historical Collection in Beeghly Library until 2006.
During her tenure at Ohio Wesleyan, Kay was an OWU-Mellon Foundation Grantee in 1972-73 and a Great Lakes Colleges Association teaching fellow in 1976-77 and 1984-85. She served for many years as a member and chair of two faculty committees; as secretary of the OWU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors; and on the Board of Directors of Academic Librarians Association of Ohio. She developed many instructional materials for the library and served as information consultant for the two University histories published for its sesquicentennial anniversary: Noble Achievements: The History of Ohio Wesleyan 1842-1992 edited by Professor Bernard Murchland, and 150 Years of Excellence: A Pictorial View of Ohio Wesleyan University, 1992 by Barbara Tull. In 1997, Ohio Wesleyan University made Kay an Honorary Alumna in recognition of her consistent interest in and support of the university – one of seven honorees during the 1990s.
Kay was an active member of Asbury United Methodist Church beginning in 1959, serving at various times as member and chair of the Education Commission, the Council on Ministries, and the Administrative Board. She also served for thirteen years in various offices of the Mt. Vernon District of The United Methodist Women, including as President. Also while in Delaware she was a longtime member of History Club and of Fortnightly Club, which merged in 1991 to become The Fortnightly/History Club.
Kay is survived by her children James Dean (Jean) Schlichting of Arlington, VA, Richard Dale (Cynthia) Schlichting of New Providence, NJ, Barbara Schlichting (Laren) Hale of Beaverton, OR, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Her children will miss her and will treasure her as an incredible and special mother. She took them as small children camping from Ohio to California and back, and into New England and Canada. Later she braved driving all over Europe with them, including the “wrong” side of the road in England.
She married Harry Fredrick Schlichting, on July 1, 1950. Dr. Schlichting, Professor of Education at Ohio Wesleyan University, died in 1964.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday July 12, 2014, at 2:30 pm, at Asbury United Methodist Church, 55 W. Lincoln Ave. with Rev. Phil Wilden officiating. A reception will follow immediately after the services. Burial will be observed privately by her family in Oak Grove Cemetery next to her husband. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware.
Memorial contributions can be made in her memory to the Willow Brook Christian Communities, Asbury United Methodist Church, Ohio Wesleyan University, or the American Cancer Society all in care of the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William St., Delaware, Ohio 43015.
Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com