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In Memoriam: Katy Jako ’54

Antioch College is saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Katherine "Katy" Louise Cobb Jako ’54, a long-time staff member and passionate supporter of Antioch College. Katy died peacefully at home on December 31, 2018.

Katy is considered by many to be the "mother of Antioch Independence" as one of the earliest proponents of the separation of the College and the University. She founded the Antioch Independence Fund (AIF) in the 1980s. Upon learning of Katy's passing, President Tom Manley wrote, "The universe hums with her tune."

Katy received her BA in Sociology and Creative Arts (Music) at Antioch in 1954, and a Ph.D in Higher Education Research from UC Berkeley in 1973. She worked for Antioch College with Ruth Churchill in the Testing Office, ran Antioch College Research and Evaluation Studies (ACRES) during the Al Guskin era, and also served as the College Alumni Relations Director.

The family is hosting a private celebration of life on January 20 in Oakland, CA. An official obituary will be posted when it becomes available.

If you would like to share your memories and appreciation for Katy, you may do so by posting in the Stories section on the password-protected Alumni Association website, or by sending an email to