Obituary: Kathryn F. Wright, 92

June 13, 2013
Kathryn F. Wright
hospital program director

Kathryn F. Wright, a founder and former director of the medical technology program at Inova Fairfax Hospital, died June 5 at the Sunrise at George Mason assisted-living community in Fairfax City. She was 92.

The cause was complications from dementia, said her son Thomas Wright.

Mrs. Wright began working as a medical technologist in 1960 at what was then Fairfax Hospital. Soon after, she was asked by the then-head of pathology to build a curriculum for a medical technology program the hospital was planning to launch in 1963. From the program’s conception until 1995, she served as its director and then stayed on as a part-time consultant until her retirement in 2003.

Kathryn Belle Fighter was born in Mansfield, Ohio. She received a bachelor’s degree in 1975 and a master’s degree in education administration and supervision in 1984, both from George Mason University.

She was a member of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Falls Church, where she played flute and sang in the choir. Mrs. Wright moved to Fairfax City from Falls Church in 2011.

Her marriage, to Thomas Wright, ended in divorce. Survivors include four children from her first marriage, Thomas Wright Jr. of Burke, Jennifer Weaver of Fairfax Station and Christopher Wright and Michael Wright, both of Louisville; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough

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