LANG, Karen Gillogly (Age 65) Karen Gillogly Lang recently passed from our lives after a long illness. Karen lived in Spokane, graduating from North Central High School in 1970. She moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 1970 where she attended Mills College and ended up editing the college newspaper, Mills Stream. She met the love of her life, Rich Lang, and married in 1974. After earning a bachelor's of science in English, she went on to UC Berkeley in 1976 and earned a Masters in Journalism. If you wanted to chat seriously with Karen Gillogly Lang, you would be aided by knowledge of the writings of Henry David Thoreau and, to a lesser extent, the other transcendentalists like Ralph Waldo Emerson. To her, Thoreau captured the kind of idealistic independence and love of thought that Americans should cherish. She loved reading, old films and music, traveling and cabin camping. No tents for this city girl. She was 65 when breast cancer finally took its toll. While Karen worked as a consulting editor in Northern California, she and Rich bought and managed apartments in California. Eventually, they moved to Seattle where she continued being a freelance editor as well as helping Rich as they bought and managed apartments in the Seattle area. She organized and thoroughly enjoyed the 15th Street Ladies Book Club focusing mostly of 19th century literature. Karen was quite specific in her tastes in film and music. The films from the silent era to the 1940s were her favorites along with the music from that era. She was a great friend to many as she stayed connected with friends from childhood even though they became scattered around the country. In addition to her work, she was a kind and generous person who volunteered for many causes including education, medical research, neighborhood and environmental issues. Her mother, Melba Gillogly, and father, Leroy Gillogly, died several years ago. Karen is survived by her husband, Rich Lang, in Seattle, many nieces and nephews and friends. A Memorial Service will be held on October 22nd at 11:00 am in the Rock Chapel at Fairmount Memorial Park.
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