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Katherine Seeler


Katherine Schiefer Seeler, of Pittsburgh, Pa., Cambridge, Mass., and Nantucket, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2001 at the Massachusetts General Hospital after a brief illness. She was 93.

Born in Pittsburgh on Feb. 1, 1908, she was the daughter of Herbert and Ruth (Pease) Schiefer. A resident of Cambridge since 1944, Mrs. Seeler attended Radcliffe College in Cambridge. She and her husband, the late Dr. Edgar V. Seeler, spent their summers on Nantucket and winters in Winter Park, Fla.

Mrs. Seeler was a professional artist, and was a benefactor and a member of The Director’s Circle of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She also contributed to many animal care organizations and was a member of the Society of Friends. She was also a steadfast patron of AAN, and an artist member primarily a painter of cats and flowers in still life.

During World War II when Japanese-Americans on the West Coast were interned, she and her husband helped many of the interned students to relocate and go to college or continue their college education in the Boston area. She also organized an art show at the Friends Meeting House in Cambridge, featuring paintings by interned artists.