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Catherine Madsen Bell 1977-2018

Many of you who have followed Cathy’s blog may already know that Cathy took her own life on May 9, 2018. Cathy had been fighting a battle, or maybe it would be more accurate to call it a war, with depression for many years, in fact she wrote about that struggle in posts within this blog.

Cathy moved from Joshua Tree National Park to Alaska’s Katmai National Park in December of 2016 to become Chief of Interpretation and Education there, a position she looked forward to greatly; she considered the move to Alaska one of the great adventures of her life. She spent the last year and a half of her life working at Katmai and living in King Salmon, Alaska.

This is being written by her brother David. While she hadn’t updated her website in quite some time, there is a tremendous amount of material here that is worth saving, so the site will be maintained for the foreseeable future, in essentially the same format Cathy had left it in.

When the family wrote Cathy’s obituary, we had asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Environmental Defense Fund, or the Center for Biological Diversity, and I would ask anyone reading this to consider supporting those organizations in Cathy’s name should they feel so moved. I would like to thank all of Cathy’s friends and acquaintances who have offered their support and condolences to our family.

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