Kathy A. McGovern
medical researcher, teacher

Kathy A. McGovern, a longtime Maryland resident who became a medical researcher and teacher in Arizona, died Dec. 1 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. She was 55.

The cause was complications from a stroke she had eight years ago, said her brother, Steven J. McGovern.

Kathy Ann McGovern was a District native and grew up in Wheaton. She was a 1975 graduate of the Academy of the Holy Names in Silver Spring, received a bachelor’s degree in dance and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Maryland in 1978, and received a doctorate in medicinal chemistry from the University of Florida in 1983.

In 1990, after post-doctoral work in cell research at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. McGovern became a research assistant professor in cancer biology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, where she worked for more than a decade. She held two patents related to her work on radiation, according to information provided by her brother.

Dr. McGovern later taught third grade in Tucson and served as a court-appointed special advocate for children. She also was an international agility judge in dog competitions. Dr. McGovern returned to Maryland after her stroke and lived most recently at the Bay Ridge Health Care Center in Annapolis.

Survivors include three brothers, John H. McGovern III of Olney, Md., Steven J. McGovern of Rock Hall, Md., and Mark R. McGovern of Sykesville, Md.

— Emily Langer