Obituary of F. Kathryne Burwell
F. Kathryne Burwell, a resident of Corral de Tierra, CA passed away on March 4, 2023.
She first arrived on the Monterey Peninsula in 1955. She moved with her husband to Washington, DC in 1958 where he served in the President’s Honor Guard for three years. They returned to the Monterey Peninsula in 1962 and have resided here since that time. They lived in the Toyon Heights section of Monterey, where they raised their family, for 25 years. Mrs. Burwell worked at the Naval Postgraduate School for 12 years where she was appointed as the first full time Deputy Equal Employment Officer. During that time she received several Outstanding Performance Awards including one from the Chief of Naval Education & Training Command in Pensacola Florida as the Outstanding Deputy Employment Officer in the Command.
In 1978 she was offered and accepted the position of the Equal Employment Manager at the Defense Language Institute, Foreign Language Center at the Presidio of Monterey. Mrs. Burwell received Outstanding Performance Awards during each of her 20 years spent at the Institute. After her retirement in 1996, she received the Department of the Army’s Superior Civilian Service Award.
Mrs. Burwell was active in several community organizations and activities during her residency in the Monterey Peninsula area. She was a founding member of the Monterey Peninsula Human Rights Committee organized in 1963 and was elected its first president. She was a member of the first school Board at St. Angela’s School in Pacific Grove, attended by three of her four children. She was a charter member, chairman and vice chairman of the Naval Postgraduate School Supervisors Association. She was a board member and president of the YWCA of the Monterey Peninsula and served as president when funds were raised to purchase and establish the YWCA’s Shelter for Battered Women in Monterey. She was a member of the Monte Vista Homeowners Association. From 1980 to 1987, she served on the Board of Directors of the Monterey Federal Credit Union.
After moving to Corral de Tierra in 1994, she became active in committees and on the Board in that community and served two years as president of the Board of Directors of the Meadows Community. Mrs. Burwell was a Life Member of the Monterey Peninsula NAACP, a member of the Monterey Peninsula Links, Incorporated and a charter member of the Monterey Aquarium.
Mrs. Burwell received a B.A. in Human Resources (Magna Cum Laude) from Golden Gate University and did graduate work in Personnel Management at Golden Gate University. She was the first DLI employee to be recommended and accepted for enrollment in the Army Management Staff College (AMSC) in Washington, D.C., which included completing the obstacle courses at the Marine Training Station in Quantico, VA. While attending AMSC, she received Honorable Mention in the College’s Writing Entry and an award for Excellence in the Pursuit of Personal Health and Fitness.
Mrs. Burwell’s parents, Mr. George Key and Mrs. Carrie Lee Phillips Weatherspoon and a sister, Juanita Ervin, preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, Charles E. Burwell of Corral de Tierra, a daughter, Cheryl Lynn Burwell of Chandler, Arizona, three sons, Charles E. Burwell II of San Francisco, Christopher George of Seaside, and Carlton Miller (Sharon) of Monterey, and another daughter in-law, Angelina Burwell of San Jose. There are also seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two half-brothers; Edwin Key of Detroit, Michigan and Donald Key of Meridian, MS and numerous other relatives.
Private interment will be in the Monterey City Cemetery. The Family will announce the date and time of the memorial service.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of F. Burwell, please visit Tribute Store