In Memoriam: Kay Leimkuehler

  Catherine Leimkuehler
  Catherine Leimkuehler

In early October, PEL Supply reported the death of Catherine (Kay) Leimkuehler, wife of PEL founder, the late Paul E. Leimkuehler. Kay passed away on October 6, with her four children – sons Bill, Bob, and John Leimkuehler, and daughter Paulette Leimkuehler Vaughn –at her side.

A well-known fixture in the orthotics and prosthetics industry for more than 50 years, she was president of the American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA), then called OALMA, Women’s Auxiliary for the 1953-1954 term. In the 1960’s, Kay was instrumental in organizing the AOPA archives, a compilation of photos, catalogs, manuals and some old artificial limbs and braces from early 20th century orthotic and prosthetic companies. During her lifelong affiliation with O&P, she attended more 50 national meetings. In addition to her four children, she leaves 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

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