Obituary: Katherine M. Greenleaf – Portland Press Herald –

3January 2021

Katherine M. Greenleaf

YARMOUTH– Katherine Morgan Maxim Greenleaf, 72, of Yarmouth, died peacefully surrounded by household at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough on Dec. 3, 2020 following problems from a chemotherapy treatment.

Katherine was born Oct. 28,1948, in New York City City, the youngest child of the late George L. Maxim of Deer Park, N.Y. and the late Mildred J. Moegling of Cumberland. Katherine grew up in Flushing, Queens with her precious older sibling, Robert M. Maxim, spending summers camping on Lake George. Katherine graduated from The Wheatley School in Old Westbury, N.Y. in 1966 and after that participated in Connecticut College in New London, where she majored in Asian Research studies and graduated with honors in 1970– but not prior to she participated in Woodstock in 1969.

In what would become a style her whole life, Katherine bucked the standards for ladies and enrolled in law school at Boston University. Katherine satisfied her partner, Peter W. Greenleaf, at law school and they were married in 1972. In 1973, Katherine accepted a position as a litigator at a little Maine company called Union Mutual Life Insurance, now referred to as Unum, taking a short leave in 1975 to function as legal counsel to President Jimmy Carter’s project in California. At Unum, Katherine quickly differentiated herself professionally and by 30 she had actually been promoted as the company’s very first female vice president.

During this very same duration, Katherine and Peter had their two children: Julia in 1978 and Rob in 1980. In 1984, Katherine and her family relocated to your home she would call home for the rest of her life on Little John Island. From 1985 to 1993, Katherine was the Senior Vice President of Person Resources at Hannaford Bros. Co.– taking a quick detour to finish a course at Outward Bound Typhoon Island where she spent weeks in an open skiff with Tom Brokaw. Having actually struck the “glass ceiling” in Maine, in 1993 Katherine and her family transferred to Columbus, Ohio when she took a position as the Senior Vice President of Human Being Resources at The Limited Stores, Inc., then the parent company of Victoria’s Secret, Abercrombie and Fitch, Bath and Body Works, and others.

Rural Midwest life and The Limited could not compete with the pull of Casco Bay and so Katherine and her family went back to Yarmouth in 1995. For numerous years she spoke with, travelling to Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream in Waterbury, Vt. and XL Insurance in Bermuda. In 1999, she took a position with Wright Express LLC (WEX Inc.) where she was its Senior Vice President of Client Operations as well as Chairman of Wright Express Financial Solutions Corporation. While at WEX, she helped take the business public and sounded the bell on the New Stock Exchange in 2005. Katherine retired in 2007, coming out of retirement from 2010 to 2012 to work as the Interim Chief Operating Officer of the University of Southern Maine.

In 2009, she assumed her preferred title of all: “Grandmother.” Katherine was blessed to live near to all her grandchildren, notoriously going to the birth of her eldest grandchild regardless of having actually broken both her arm and leg in several places just hours prior to the child’s birth. Katherine’s expert accomplishments pale in comparison to her love for her family. She modeled genuine love and loyalty to her kids her entire life.

Katherine preserved strong ties to her personal and professional communities, weaving a tight material of good friends who became family, and serving on a range of boards for many years, including: the Maine Center for Creativity, the Casco Bay YMCA, Maine Maritime Academy, the University of Maine School of Law, MEMIC, Peoples Heritage Bank, TD Bank, the Gestalt International Research Study Center, and Martin’s Point Healthcare. She was likewise a decades-long professor at the Gestalt Institute in Wellfleet, Mass.

. Katherine was an extreme extrovert and grew on being with people. Katherine was warm, generous, and had a present for putting individuals at ease. She quickly generated an individual’s life story; before long, she was helping that individual analyze next steps in life, supplying assistance that was as practical as it was motivating. Her present was so well known that Katherine’s associates, pals, and pals of her children, would seek her out particularly for guidance, spending hours at her kitchen area counter or on her front porch, as she assisted them map out their futures and browse personal and expert barriers. She was both a mentor and an advocate for numerous.

Katherine officiated seven marital relationships, she was a gifted painter, and she liked to attend the theater, read, walk, dance, and do cross-words. She hosted a steady stream of visitors from all over the globe; all were welcome and you never understood who would be at supper. She fasted to laugh, accepting, and fun.

In 2016, Katherine was predeceased by Peter, her spouse of 44 years. Katherine was diagnosed with fallopian tube cancer the year prior. After an initial round of chemotherapy failed to kick her cancer, she elected to take part in an immunotherapy trial at Mass General in Boston. Constantly an outlier, the trial was not successful for the countless participants other than Katherine. For 4 years, Katherine traveled to Boston monthly, driven by dedicated loved ones members, and quickly creating bonds with her brave healthcare providers who kept her cancer at bay. Experiencing no side effects, Katherine took a trip the globe to Iceland, the Baltic, Spain, and Ireland. She likewise participated in the 2017 Women’s March in Washington, D.C. In 2020, her cancer reoccurred and she recommenced chemotherapy.

Katherine is survived by her bro, Robert Maxim (Meta), of Sacramento, Calif.; her child Julia G. Pitney (Eliot), and her kid, Robert M. Greenleaf (Rebecca), all of Yarmouth. Katherine’s tradition also consists of the grandchildren who she absolutely adored, Marian E. Pitney (11 ), Harrison J. Pitney (6 ), Peter W. Greenleaf (7 ), Vivian R. Greenleaf (4 ), George E. Greenleaf (5 months). She is also made it through by her nieces, nephews and their children; and her people of good friends, all of whom she liked very much. And lastly, she leaves behind her 2 loyal and continuous companions, her miniature-doodles, Izzie and Chloe.

A celebration of life in proportion to Katherine’s personality will occur in Yarmouth in the summer season of 2021.

Contributions in her name may be made to the Casco Bay branch of the YMCA of Southern Maine.

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