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Obituary (VA): Mrs. Kathryn Ann (Elmer A. McCallum '48)

Posted on 05/14/2018

(July 12, 1934 April 23, 2018) Kathryn Ann McCallum, 83, of Roanoke, Va. went to be with the Lord April 23, 2018. Kathryn was born July 12, 1934 in Tucson, Ariz. She was the daughter of the late William and Josephine Steenbergen. She was the wife of the late naval officer and test pilot, Elmer Austin McCallum, Jr. As she accompanied "Mac" to various duty stations, she taught a variety of grades and subjects in many different school systems. After a stint as a first grade teacher, she decided to return to graduate school for a certification as a reading specialist. She preferred to go by her middle name Ann, (without an E). Ann became a reading and curriculum specialist and the coordinator of language arts for Fairfax County, Va. During this time she also authored a series of text books. Ann was elected to leadership roles in local, state, and international reading associations. She was also central to the formation of two non-profit groups to bring books to the children who need them most. Later, Ann turned this commitment and passion to the world of antiques. She took many classes and did research at the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress, to learn all she could about this new undertaking. She opened a successful antique store in the charming town of Vienna, Va. After Mac's passing she decided to move to Roanoke, Va. to be closer to family. She immediately fell in love with the mountains and the small town feel. She became a member of and docent for the Taubman museum, a board member of the Friends of the Library, a board member of "The Big Read", and a member of Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church. She was always on the go and always had a list of items to accomplish. She will be missed by many. She is survived by her sons, Alec McCallum and Douglas McCallum; and daughter-in-laws, Paula McCallum and Mary McCallum; grandchildren, A.J., Thomas, Daniel, and Jessica. A memorial service will be held at Raleigh Court Presbyterian with Andrew Whaley officiating on June 15, 2018 at 11 a.m. A reception will follow. Inurnment will take place privately in columbarium of the United States Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Md. at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to The West End Center: