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Kathryn Rabuzzi

June 3, 1938 — May 20, 2024

DeWitt NY

Kathryn Allen Rabuzzi, 85, of DeWitt NY, passed away May 20th, 2024. Born June 3, 1938, in New York City, Kathy grew up in Vermont, New York and Florida. Kathy matriculated at Radcliffe College (class of 1960) but interrupted her studies to get married and start her family. Returning to school ten years later, she  earned her BA (1970) and MA (1971) in English Literature, and PhD (1976) in Humanities, all at Syracuse University. She taught English and Religion for 19 years at Syracuse, Le Moyne College, and Onondaga Community College.


A pioneering feminist studies scholar as well as a novelist and memoirist, Kathy published 11 books. She was Research Associate in Humanities & Medicine at Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse (1977-1982) and founding co-editor of Literature and Medicine (SUNY Press), 1982. 

Kathy was a visual artist and designer, and studied improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC. She traveled widely on five continents, and pursued a vision quest at age 60 in the Vermont wilderness. Kathy was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who greatly enjoyed her family and their various accomplishments.

 She is survived by her beloved husband of 66 years, Daniel, as well as her two sons Daniel and Douglas, daughters-in-law Deborah Mills, Jennifer Lakin, and Yvonne Wilson, five grandsons (Nicholas, Patrick, Nathaniel, Terence, and James) and a great-grandson Arthur. Her son Matthew predeceased her in 2003. Kathy was buried in a private family service at Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse. 

The family thanks Hospice of Central New York & of the Finger Lakes, and the Burns Garfield Funeral Home. 

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