The entire DVC community received this notice from Marta Gillen, Senior Executive Assistant in the President’s Office at Diablo Valley College:
We are sad to report that Kathy Reilly, retired Senior Administrative Assistant, passed away on October 8, 2021.
Kathy was hired at DVC in 1984 as secretary to the Assistant Dean of Instruction. In 1993 she became secretary to the Dean in the Instruction Office and transferred to the Dean of Student Services Office in 1998. She later relocated to the President’s Office to assist Interim President Diane Scott-Summers and retired from her position as Senior Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Student Services in July 2008.
Kathy’s former manager, Diane Scott-Summers, provided the following tribute about her colleague:
I knew Kathy Reilly for over 30 years. I first worked with Kathy in the late 80’s in the Assistant Dean of Instruction office, then we moved to the Vice President of Student Services office, then we moved to the President’s office, then we moved back to the VP of Student Services office, then we agreed to retire on the same day, which we did happily. Kathy was my support, my protector, my editor, my information link, my partner and my friend. Most of DVC knew Kathy for her exceptional organizational skills and superior competence. All of which, of course, was true but only a few also knew her wonderful sense of humor and her fun side like I did. We worked hard and we laughed loud. We truly enjoyed each other’s company. I counted on her and she never failed to deliver anything and everything I needed. She often anticipated what I needed before I asked for it. We were partners and friends at work and we stayed in touch and remained friends after we retired. She was a gift to my life. I think of her often with a smile on my face and I will miss sharing time with her.
Rest in Peace Kathy Reilly, you were very special to many.
– Diane Scott-Summers Ed.D, retired counselor and administrator