Tifton Gazette


May 29, 2014

Katherine Adelaide “BeeBe” Kent

POINTE VEDRA, Fla. — Katherine Adelaide “BeeBe” Kent, 86, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (formerly of Tifton) died Tuesday, May 27, 2014. A graveside memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Oakridge Cemetery with Father Lonnie Lacey officiating.

Katherine was born Oct. 29, 1928 in Tifton to the late Charles Almer Kent and Pauline Manning Kent. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Helen Kent Moore, and her brother, Charles Kent Jr.

Katherine was known as “BeeBe” to her family and friends and was very well loved by all of them. She graduated from Tifton High School as first honor graduate. She received her B.A. degree from Georgia State College for Women in history and english, where she was a first honor graduate and was a member of Pi Gamma Mu National Social Science Honor Society. The summer after her graduation, Katherine studied international relations in Paris and Geneva through a grant by the Carnegie Foundation. The next year, she obtained an M.A. degree in history and political science from the University of Chicago. She then graduated from Cleveland-Marshall Law School, Summa Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1957 and began a great career in Cleveland and Washington, D.C.

Katherine was always at the top of her class and won numerous prestigious academic and professional awards over her career such as highest four-year average while in law school, highest average in several individual courses in law school, numerous honor societies and honor boards. President of the Women’s Lawyers Club of Cleveland, Ohio Bar Association, Cuyahoga County Bar Association and Federal Bar Association, Katherine also received a Civil Aeronautical Board award for work on rates for military air transportation, which saved the government 44 million dollars, and many more awards.

Beginning her career as a general practice attorney at Green and Kent in Cleveland, Ohio, Katherine was also an editor for Aeronautical and Space Sciences at NASA’s Lewis Labs in Cleveland, Ohio. She worked for most of her career in Washington, D.C. as an attorney for the Civil Aeronautics Board and in 1976, she was made administrative law judge. She worked on many prestigious “landmark” cases for the federal government and was recognized for her excellent work.

Katherine retired in 1979 and moved back to Tifton, where she lived in the Kent home where she grew up.

She loved this home and gardens and spent many hours with her friend, Mary Louise Green, working to make it as beautiful as when her mother and father tended it. In 1985, she moved to an oceanfront home in Ponte Verda Beach, Fla. She enjoyed a long and eventful life.

Judge Kent is survived by several nieces and nephews and their families who will miss her humor and quick wit, Kathy Kent of Tifton, Al Kent of Tifton, Genie Moore McMillan of Macon, Susan Moore Kennedy of Tifton, Ike Kent of Thomasville and Polly Moore Baines of Indialantic, Fla.

You may sign the guest registry at www.albritton-beaumontfuneralhome.com.

Albritton-Beaumont Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

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