In Memoriam: Kathryne Ford Carr

Daily Progress Obituary

Kathryne Elizabeth Ford Carr was called to Heaven Friday, April 17, 2015.

Born January 31, 1955 in Albuquerque, New Mexico she lived in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Venezuela, Montana, D.C. and Seattle. She graduated from Staples High in Westport, Conn. and Allegheny College. Kathy is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, David Wilkinson Carr Jr.; son, Wilkinson Micajah Carr "Will"; daughter, Martha
Maureen Doran Carr "Maurie"; mother, Maureen Morrissey Ford; sisters, Maryellen Ford Elliott (John) and Maureen Ford Bates (Andy).

Kathy was predeceased by father, James Henry Lee Ford Jr.; and brothers, James
Ford III and William Charles Ford. She is also survived by her husband's parents and siblings, who welcomed her from the start as one of their own, and 16 nieces and nephews, and seven grandnieces.

Kathy was an enthusiastic leader of early stage life science businesses bringing new
discoveries to the marketplace and the patient. This career began in 1983 in Seattle with a company pursuing early treatment for AIDS and cancer gene therapies. In Charlottesville since 1986, she shepherded breakthroughs on diabetes, heart disease, and other new diagnostic or therapeutic measures arising from research at UVA and other regional
universities. 

As a partner in two venture capital firms, she encouraged inventors and entrepreneurs across the region. She long-served on the board of the UVA Patents Foundation and Coulter Foundation, and she chaired Southeast BIO. Her career culminated as Director of the Innovation Lab at the Darden School, which capitalized on her strong entrepreneurial experience and her love of learning and mentoring. 

She was a master of connecting the right people at the right time.While her career and making a difference was important, her first priority was always her family both immediate and extended. Her children have always known they were number one and she intentionally sought out and mentored her many nieces and nephews.

Kathy loved the outdoors, particularly the beach in North Carolina – the sun on the water, and the rumbling of the waves. The water completed and comforted her. She loved the gift of sight, and the local mountains, walking roads and rivers tided her over between visits to the ocean.Kathy was blessed with many friends. 

She did not limit herself to one circle, but rather brought different circles together, creating new friendships. We thank all of them for their unwavering love and support over the last six years.Underneath it all, Kathy was a sculptor, a dancer and lover of music. She choreographed jazz dance in college and she and David loved to hit the dance floor at
parties and weddings. I am the Lord of the Dance, said she. Her passion,her laugh and her clear blue eyes will be missed by all that she touched.

We want to thank all the doctors, nurses and staff at UVA, MJH, and Hospice for their amazing care. She inspired them and they believed in her. In lieu of flowers, donations can be directed to Hospice of the Piedmont or UVA Cancer Center Women's Oncology Research Program. A memorial celebration will be held Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 4 p.m. at King Family Vineyards near Crozet, Va.