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Katherine Marie Beckman Canning

civic leader

Katherine Marie Beckman Canning, American civic leader.

Background

Canning, Katherine Marie Beckman was born on August 24, 1913 in Des Moines. Daughter of Herman Henry and Emily Amelia (Swanson) Beckman.

Education

Student Grinnell College, 1930-1931. Bachelor of Arts, Drake University, 1934. Postgraduate University Iowa.

Career

President, Beckman Brothers, Inc., Des Moines, since 1959. President Homewood (Illinois) Parent-Teachers Association, 1954-1956. Member Homewood Elementary Board Education, 1957-1968.

Volunteer American Field Service, 1960-1980. Volunteer worker South Suburban Hospital. Member resource committee Flossmoor Elementary Schools, 1980.

Secretary petition committee for new Homewood-Flossmoor High School, 1955. Member troop committee Girl Scouts United States of America, 1959-1961. Den. mother Cub Scouts American, 1950-1952.

Second vice president Homewood-Flossmoor High School Parent-Teachers Association, 1964-1965. Elder, former superintendent church school 1st Presbyterian Church, Homewood. Board directors Homewood-Flossmoor High School Foundation, 1984-1985.

Board directors Young Women’s Christian Association, Chicago, 1966-1968, Flossmoor Community Fund.

Membership

Member Homewood Elementary Board Education, 1957-1968. Member resource committee Flossmoor Elementary Schools, 1980. Member troop committee Girl Scouts United States of America, 1959-1961.

Member American Association of University Women, Philanthropic and Educational Organization (planning committee Chicago international convention 1977, treasurer Illinois state convention 1981), League of Women Voters, Mortar Board, Zeta Phi Eta, Delta Gamma, Theta Sigma Phi.

Connections

Married John Canning, August 22, 1939. Children– John Beckman, Emily Jane Canning Blankinship.

father:
Herman Henry Beckman

mother:
Emily Amelia (Swanson) Beckman

spouse:
John Canning

children:
John Beckman Canning

Emily Jane Canning Blankinship Canning