Katie Gettman

Marine Mammal Center

In Memoriam

Katie Gettman
June 27, 1943 - May 12, 2008

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Katie Gettman, our Vice-Chair and dear friend to us, died unexpectedly on May 12, 2008 while vacationing in Italy.

Katie had an immense love of life and she had a unique gift for connecting with humans as well as other mammals, including dogs. She volunteered at the Marine Mammal Center for nineteen years and helped the MMC in many capacities, including providing fund-raising support, but her real love was helping out “the critters” as she called them. She was the Thursday Night Supervisor Topside and the Monday Day Harbor Seal Supervisor.

Katie was very committed to maintaining off leash dog walking in the GGNRA, especially at Crissy Field. As Vice-Chair of the Crissy Field Dog Group, she was instrumental in shaping the newly formed group in 2000 and worked tirelessly on our outreach efforts for the past eight years. Katie was always a cheerful presence at Crissy Field with her beloved dog, Tess.

Katie leaves a large circle of family, friends, doggies and marine mammals who miss her dearly. At the request of Katie’s family, contributions may be made in her memory to Crissy Field Dog Group, PO Box 475372, SF, CA 94147-5372.