Doering, Kathleen

Kathleen C.
Doering, PhD
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Kathleen Doering
  • Pioneer in the field of Insect Morphology
  • Named and described over 60 previously unknown species of insects
  • Charter member and President of the Kansas Entomological Society

Professor Kathleen Doering was born on June 8, 1900 in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. She had at least three sisters and lived with them in New Mexico after she retired from the University of Kansas. She was associated with the University of Kansas for 50 years as both a student and faculty member. She received her BA in 1922, her MA in 1923, and her PhD in 1929. While working towards her advanced degrees; Dr. Doering was a night librarian in the biology department and did scientific illustration and research.

Dr. Doering served as an Instructor in the Department of Entomology from 1924-1929, when she immediately became an Assistant Professor. While a member of the KU faculty she was a popular freshman and sophomore advisor.

Dr. Doering was a pioneer in the field of Insect Morphology.  She received a National Science Foundation of $32,000 for her grant, a very large sum at the time.  She was a charter member of the Kansas Entomological Society and one of its Presidents, and was also a member of the Entomological Society of America.  Her major contributions to the field included the naming and description of over 60 previously unknown species of insects. Her work and life is commemorated in The Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science: Pioneering Lives from Ancient Times to the Mid 20th Century.

In 1966 Dr. Doering retired from the University of Kansas and moved to Ruidoso, New Mexico to live with her three sisters. Mary 21, 1970 Professor Doering passed away at the age of 70. Upon her passing a scholarship for worthy students at Ruidoso High School was created in her honor.

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