Mildred (Millie) Louise Hathaway, passed away peacefully on October 30, 2020, at the age of 93. Born in Clendenin, West Virginia, on September 9, 1927, she was preceded in death by her husband William S. Kolb, parents A.J. and Winifred Hathaway, brothers Patrick Eugene and Roger Ferrell, and sister Lucille. She is survived by her sister Maxine Hathaway, nieces Juliette Hathaway Cobb, Winifred Hathaway Mahaney, Theresa Zoe Hathaway Young, and their families; and her seven Kolb stepchildren, Patricia, Richard, Paul, Christine, Kathleen Fana, Stephen, Gregory, and their families.
Millie was always enterprising, from the time she financed her college education by working for the B&O Railroad. She earned her teaching degree at West Virginia Wesleyan College and taught in elementary schools in Charleston, West Virginia, and Cleveland, Ohio, where she later earned her master's degree in Education and doctorate in Educational Psychology at Case Western Reserve University. She created the Early Childhood Program for the East Cleveland Board of Education before launching a private practice in psychology. A highlight of her career was working for the CWRU School of Medicine on a child rearing study with Dr. Benjamin Spock.
Millie was an ardent cat lover, a feminist, and a fiercely loyal friend. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Cleveland Animal Protective League or to a children's research hospital of your choice. A private memorial gathering will be held at a later date.