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Obituary for Kathleen Grimm, NYC schools deputy chancellor. She was born in Troy to an outspoken, civic minded family and was graduated from Catholic Central High School. Her first job after college was as a missionary.
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Kathleen “Kate” Grimm

NEW YORK CITY - Kathleen “Kate” Grimm died peacefully on February 17, 2015 at her home. Born in Troy on March 21, 1946, she was the eldest of nine children born to the late Frederick H. Grimm and Helen Johnson Grimm. Raised and educated in Troy, she was a graduate of Saint Patrick’s School and Catholic Central High School. Kathleen received her B.A. in political science from Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart. She held a J.D. from New York Law School and LL.M (Tax) from New York University School of Law. Kathleen had a lifetime devotion to her family, friends and service. From an outspoken, civic minded family, she learned the value of collaboration early on and developed a “can-do spirit” that sees opportunity in every challenge.

Her first job after college was, as a missionary, teaching English at an elementary school in northern Mexico. Returning to the States, Kathleen moved to New York City where she began her loyal career enriching the lives of New Yorkers. She was a social worker, licensed nursing home administrator and then Assistant Director at the Menorah Home and Hospital for the Aged in Brooklyn. Kathleen worked as an IRS Estate Tax Attorney and in private practice, first with the Parker Duryea law firm and later as sole practitioner. Kathleen has served five Mayors, one Comptroller, seven Commissioners, and four Chancellors.

She was First Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Department of Finance, NYS Deputy Comptroller for the City of New York, and, for the past 13 years, as Deputy Chancellor at the NYC Department of Education. In charge of Operations, she oversaw a $20 billion operating budget and a $12 billion capital budget. Over the years, she oversaw several massive transformations of the City’s education system, an impact felt today by the more than one million children the district serves.

Kathleen was a board trustee and alumni association president for Manhattanville College and New York Law School. She was an Advisor to the Center for NYC Law and adjunct law professor. Kathleen received the prestigious President’s Medal from New York Law School and an honorary degree. She also was recognized with a “Star of the Administration” award from Mayor Edward Koch. Kathleen is survived by her two sisters, Barbara Grimm of Brunswick, Paula Grimm of NYC, her six brothers, Karl F. Grimm of Troy, Gary Grimm (Theresa) of Latham, John Grimm (Ann Marie) of Richmond, VA, Peter D. Grimm of Troy, Mark E. Grimm (Karen) of Guilderland and David Grimm of Babcock Lake.

She also is survived by ten nieces and nephews and three grand nieces and nephews. Friends and relatives are invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the Church of St. Catherine of Siena at 411 E. 68th Street in Manhattan. Calling hours will be held on Friday, February 20, 2015 from 4 to 8:00 p.m. at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home, 1076 Madison Avenue at 81st Street, New York City. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Troy. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Kathleen Grimm Government Service Scholarship Fund at New York Law School. Go to to contribute.