Cathy Michelle Corder


Posted: Sunday, March 05, 2006


  Cathy Michelle Corder

Cathy Michelle Corder

Former Soldotna resident Cathy Michelle Corder died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005, after a prolonged illness at her home, in Idaho City, Idaho.

A memorial service will be held in the spring in Soldotna.

Ms. Corder, known as Michelle, grew up in Glen Echo, Md. She studied art for two years at Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon) in Pittsburgh; a year studying sculpture at the Italian state art school in Florence; and two years studying art at American University in Washington, D.C. She received a bachelors of science degree in 1970.

She returned to Glen Echo and married her first husband, Joe Kashi. She then joined the Smithsonian Institution’s information exchange as an assistant editor and worked on current research projects. Michelle was elected to the Glen Echo town council in May 1977 and served for two years.

In 1977, the couple moved to Soldotna, where he had accepted a position as deputy attorney with the Kenai Peninsula Borough. Michelle taught art and oil painting at Kenai Peninsula College in the late 1970s and 1980s.

During her time teaching she displayed her art work at peninsula and statewide juried art shows. She executed several state of Alaska one percent for art commissions including a wall-sized sculpture at Cook Inlet Pretrial Facility in Anchorage, the Governor’s mansion in Juneau and at Kenai Peninsula College, where an oil painting, by Michelle, is displayed in the Clayton E. Brockle building.

In 1980 the Anchorage Historical and Fine Art Museum hosted a one-person exhibition for her. The museum and several of its staff own her oil paintings dating from this period.

After her marriage ended in divorce, she moved to Anchorage where she worked as a librarian. In 1991, she received a master’s degree in library science for the University of Hawaii.

In 1992 she married Russell Hicks. They later moved to Fairbanks where Michelle was an instructor on the University of Alaska art department. In 2000, they relocated to Idaho City.

Arrangements were handled by Mountain View Crematory in Boise, Idaho.

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