Sandra (Marlene) Katz
April 6, 1936-March 10, 2017
Nevada City, California
Submitted by Michelle Foster
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Sandra “Marlene” Katz (née Wilson), of Nevada City, California (formerly a Menlo Park resident), passed away on March 10, 2017, in San Mateo. She was 80 years old.
The eldest daughter of LaVeta McQuigg and James Lowell Wilson of Blandinsville, Illinois, Marlene moved to the Bay Area in 1962.
There she became a career educator, teaching college level business courses at California State University Hayward, College of San Mateo, College of Notre Dame and the longest portion of her career at Cañada College in Redwood City, California.
She taught a variety of business courses, from Introduction to Business and Business English to Shorthand and Accounting. She also pioneered a program at Cañada College that taught Court Reporting (Machine Shorthand), at the time a fledgling vocation.
During her career Marlene touched the lives of thousands of students, many of whom credit her classes and mentorship for their career successes in business.
Marlene received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Administration at Western Illinois University and her Ph.D. in Business Administration at Golden Gate University in San Francisco — the first woman to complete the university’s nascent doctoral business program.
She was a proficient mah jongg player, an avid reader and book club member and an adventurous world traveler. She also spent time volunteering for various causes, including as a reading tutor and mentor as well as an advocate for family planning education and health services.
Marlene is survived by her husband, Arthur J. Katz, Ph.D.; her two children – Michelle and husband Norman (Los Angeles) – and Lisa, husband Michael, and children Ryan, Brianna, Shannon and Kevin (Foster City); her sister, Janet, and husband Jim (Hillsborough); and niece, Sara, husband Nick, and children Mikayla and Alexander (Redwood City).
Marlene and her energetic spirit will be missed by all.