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Higgins, Katheryn D.

(born: 1958) Katheryn D. Higgins was the first African American and female engineer at the Louisville (KY) Water Company in 1983. The company was chartered by the Kentucky Legislature in 1854 and provides safe drinking water to Louisville Metro and parts of four surrounding counties. When she retired from the Louisville Water Company, she started her second career as a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley.

Higgins was born in Jefferson County, KY, the daughter of Elnora Tolliver Higgins and Frederick Higgins. She is a 1975 graduate of Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville, KY, and later served on the steering committee of the King Scholars Program established by Nick King and Carol Zurkuhlen King in 1999. The program provides financial aid to young women so that they may attend Sacred Heart. Higgins is a 1981 chemical engineer graduate of the University of Louisville (U of L) and later completed her finance degree at U of L.

For more see Katheryn D. Higgins in "Alumnae Profile" on p. 6 of the HeartBeat: a publication for alumnae, parents and friends of Sacred Heart Academy, Spring 2004.

This entry was submitted by Librarian Laura Hall, graduate of Sacred Heart and staff member of the UK Libraries.

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