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“I was so sorry to learn of Kathryn's passing. My sympathy to you. ”
1 of 6 | Posted by: Cindy Tobias - Tucson, AZ

“Dear Family and Friends, My deepest condolences in the loss of Kathryn. May you find peace and love in the celebration of her life. My dad,...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Bette Norcross Wappner - Erlanger, KY

“Dear Deirdre and Amanda, Bill, Cammie, Kara, and I send our condolences. Your mother touched so many lives with her wise advice. She encouraged me...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Angela McBride - Lafayette , IN

“Dr. Black helped me with my son's behavioral management issues when he was young. She helped me become a better parent, student, and person. She...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Terri Steele - Lafayette, IN

“Deirdre and Amanda, my condolences to you and your families on the loss of your mother. She was truly a good friend to our family. I have many...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Rhonda Washington Campbell-Clay - TN

“I have many fond memories of the times I spent with my mentor, teacher and friend. My prayers are with Amanda and Diedre and their families. ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: Dr. Betty Guice and family - IN


Dr. Kathryn Norcross Black, 79, passed from this life on August 16, 2012 after an extended illness. Born in Atlantic, Iowa, she earned her PhD in child psychology from the University of Iowa, under the tutelage of Charles Spiker. Subsequently, she held professional and professorial positions at Case Western Reserve University, the National Institutes of Health, and Purdue University. A scholar of human development, single-parent families, gender roles, and giftedness, she also served as an expert witness, especially in cases of wrongful death of a parent. Her doctoral students have gone on to hold important professorial and administrative posts in higher education, found and lead innovative educational programs for children, and serve in a variety of capacities in the public sector. In retirement, she lived in the foothills near Tucson, Arizona before settling with family in Lake Barrington, IL where she continued to write for professional and popular audiences. She also continued to serve clients as a life coach and teach correspondence courses and seminars for the University of Arizona, Roosevelt University, and the Institute for Continued Learning. She was predeceased by her parents, Opal Lucile Norcross, and Basil John Norcross. She is survived by her sister, Margery Baker, brother-in-law Byron Baker, and their four children; daughters, Deirdre LeMire and Amanda Black-Pherson; son in laws, Mark LeMire and Casey Black-Pherson; and grandsons, William and Quintin LeMire. A graveside service is planned in Iowa, where she will be laid to rest with her parents at Noble Center Cemetery, alongside the chapel she attended as a child. Memorial contributions can be sent to Broadway Cares/EquityFights AIDS, Planned Parenthood, or the local Humane Society. Arrangements by the Cremation Society of Illinois at 815-444-0740.

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