Kathy Potterfield
Kathy Potterfield
Charleston, WV
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Children:  none (unless you count all the students I’ve mentored who call me “Mom”)

Grand Children:  none, but I have nieces and nephews that are young enough to be my grandchildren.

Continuing Education: Schools/Degrees/Years:  
Sweet Briar College, Virginia – AB degree in History of Art 1970 
Columbia University, New York – Certificate in Physical Therapy 1971                                             

What have been the highlights in your personal life since your Mount days?
I would have to say my professional life (sometimes I think this is the only life I have!)  Being a Physical Therapist has been such a joy to me.  I feel blessed every day that I was led to this as my life’s work.  Sometimes on a really bad day, a patient will have a big success and then I remember why I do this!  It is still just as exciting to me as it was 35 years ago.

What you like to do? - hobbies, sports, recreation, church, etc.:   Crafts, gardening, dog related activities, walking the dog; my favorite sport is miniature golf – I’m really good at it!  You probably remember my great athletic talents as a member of the Green Team! 

Who would you especially like to see at the reunion?   Everyone!  I hope we have a HUGE turnout!  After all, we are the BEST class ever!

What is your first memory of Mount de Chantal?  My first memory is that the scholarship test was announced at my grade school – St. Agnes.  I decided I wanted to take it.  My Mom drove me up.  I thought it looked so beautiful and mysterious as we drove up around the circle.  Everyone was so nice and I thought the alcoves in the dorm were sooo cool!  I won a scholarship and then got cold feet about going away.  Mom and Dad said I had to go and try it.  As they say, the rest is history!

What is your last memory of Mount de Chantal? I think I know what everyone’s last memory of me was after the Grad Dance, but my last memory was my sister Phyllis’s graduation 2 years later.  When I think about it, I don’t think I have a “last memory”.
Most memorable event:  Being elected Freshman class president – I was astonished that anyone even knew my name!!!  Friday afternoon lectures with Sister Mary Helen were pretty memorable too.
Favorite musical group while at the Mount:  I was really geeky so I wasn’t up on all the popular stuff.  I think I would have to say I liked folk music best and then the Beatles/British Invasion genre.

Favorite movie:  Goldfinger and Dr. No because I went with E in her little sports car.  (Thanks, E!) 

Favorite teacher or class:  Typing – I was Sister Mary Joseph’s “pet” and she let me use the electric typewriter the whole time.  She didn’t do me any favors – I’m a terrible typist who still looks at the keys.  I loved Fr. Arthur and Sister Mary Helen.  I really loved Mary D. except for Spanish.

Favorite non-classroom activities: Going to Elby’s, going to Oglebay, mail call, hanging out!

Favorite locations on campus and off campus:  Play room, grotto, Oglebay.

Place/space/sound that captures the Mount in memory:  Being with my sister Phyllis, hearing certain old songs, seeing forest green blazers!  Phyllis and I travel together a lot and we’ll drive down the road singing the MdeC alma mater and “Farewell Mount”.  Hanging my nun Christmas ornament on the tree - it was a gift from Edna.

Any unusual experience you would like to share or trips you have taken?  Some of my favorite experiences have been going to the International Special Olympics when it was at Notre Dame because my brother Mike was one of WV’s athletes, going to Germany with the Friendship Force, and taking a road trip for 2 months with my sister Lucy years ago when we camped across the US and Canada.   I go to Sanibel Island every February for a week to relax and go shelling – it is one of my favorite places anywhere.

How many miles will you travel to attend this reunion?  However many miles it is from Charleston to Wheeling.  Mapquest says 178.14 miles!

Name: Katharine B. Potterfield   (Kathy)
Spouse:   old maid!
Location: West Virginia