Mary Kay Kare (1952-2021)

Fan and convention organizer Mary Kay Kare, 69, died in early October 2021 of a blood infection.

Mary Kay Jackson was born July 1, 1952, and grew up in Oklahoma, where her interest in fandom began. In the late 1970s, she was a member of the Norman Oklahoma SF Society, and edited their fanzine, Red Dust. She later lived in Ohio, Seattle, and San Jose. Kare was a conrunner, co-chair of Potlatch 19 in Seattle (2010), and helped work on numerous other conventions, including Worldcons. She was active in the Mythopoeic Society as well, serving on its council of stewards, and served as a World Fantasy Award judge. She was also involved in various amateur press associations. She worked as a cataloging librarian until her retirement. Kare’s husband, fan and physicist Jordin Kare, predeceased her in 2017; Kare’s involvement in fandom diminished afterward.

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  • October 12, 2021 at 7:14 am

    You forgot to mention that she was a mover and shaker in filking. She would be very annoyed about that. But I appreciate you sharing this. I checked her Twitter around the first of October and noted she hadn’t posted for a while.


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