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“What an incredible tribute to your Mom, Sandra & Steve! Kitty was so humble & quiet, I am sure it took a lot to weave together this Incredible...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Paula Hinton - Folly Beach, SC

“Sorry for the loss of your love one. Please accept our sincere sympathy and prayers. ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: lee goodman - Manning, SC

“Kitty changed my life by listening to me. She inspired me to do my Masters paper on Interpersonal Therapeutic Skills which includes Empathy and...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Eugenia Felsinger - Friend

“I was blessed to have Kitty as a neighbor and friend at Cornerstone in Downtown Charleston. As a newcomer we met and became fast friends these past...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Charlene Williford - SC - Friend

“John and I had the pleasure of spending time with Kitty through the Folly Beach Breakfast Club. She was always so cheerful! ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: KATHLEEN APPLEBY - Folly Beach, SC

“Kitty was the Director of Pupil Personal when I came to Charleston. She was always very kind and supportive and I appreciated that about her. She...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Kathleen King - Coworker

“I was a student of Kitty's in the school counseling program at the Citadel in the 80's. What a great teacher and lovely person! I knew her through...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Linda Condon Bettelli - Coworker

“I worked with Kitty when she served as Coordinator of Guidance, and we maintained our friendship over the next fifty years. She spoke with great...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Karen Bickley - Mount Pleasant, SC

“My condolences to Kitty’s family. She was an icon at the Bridge Center and will be missed in the bridge world. Sadly I didn’t know of her...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Bobbie Rothschild - Isle of Palms, SC

“I'm so sorry to learn of Kitty's passing. She was my first official teacher of bridge when she directed and taught at the old bridge center west of...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Katherine Downen - Charleston, SC

“Oh, how you will be missed. You were such an amazing mentor and friend for so many years. Thank you for being the stalwart supporter of all whom...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Jinny Bartel - Charleston, SC

“Test in peace Kitty. Loved working with you! ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Don Beerd - Mt Pleasant, SC


Kathryn Ann Ensminger McIntyre Altman of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, passed away on Wednesday, August 19, 2020, from causes related to cancer, in the comfort and care of her family.

Kathryn was born April 1, 1933, in Mantorville, Minnesota, as the second of four daughters of Ross Emanuel Ensminger and Margaret Goodhue Ensminger. Her childhood years were spent on the campus of Southern Union College in Wadley, Alabama, where her father was president and her mother was the primary fundraiser. Her parents engaged their children in the social justice issues of the day. Her father, grandfather Fred P. Ensminger, and great-grandfather Henry S. Bennett were Congregational ministers, and her great-grandfather Horace Goodhue was the first dean at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. The family moved to Carlinville, Illinois, when Kitty was a teenager; her father taught sociology at Blackburn College, and her mother taught English and later served as a librarian in the public schools.

Kitty graduated from Carlinville Community High School in 1950. She earned a B.A. from Blackburn College in 1954 with a major in social sciences and a minor in elementary education.

She met James H. McIntyre in 1953 when they were both summer workers at College Camp on Lake Geneva in Wisconsin (now George Williams College), and they married in Carlinville in December 1953. They started out married life in Chapel Hill, NC, and then moved to Charleston, SC, in 1956, where they lived on the campus of The Citadel Military College. They raised two children, Sandra and Steve. Kitty and Jim separated in 1968 and later divorced. She married John Graham Altman III in 1972 and they later divorced. Later in life, at her high school's 50th reunion, she reconnected with Dave Card, and they were "special friends" on many adventures.

Kitty had a long and meritorious career in public education. After teaching fifth grade at Harbor View Elementary School on James Island, SC, from 1960–1962, she earned an M.S. in guidance and counseling at Florida State University in 1963. She served as Director of Guidance at St. Andrew's High School in Charleston from 1963–1970.

She earned a doctorate in counselor education at the University of South Carolina in 1973 and began more than two decades of work in educational administration with the Charleston County School District. As Coordinator of Guidance from 1972–1983, she advocated for hiring guidance counselors at all levels in the public schools, including middle schools and elementary schools. She led the CCSD Human Relations Program component of a major federal grant under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in the late 1970s and early 1980s, designed to complete the process of school desegregation. She trained and supervised consultants to work with public education faculty and staff to support the changes needed. She became Director of Pupil Personnel Services for the District in 1983 and served in that role until her retirement from the school system in 1995. After the Hurricane Hugo disaster in Charleston in 1989, she organized counseling services for students and their families, and she participated in several international meetings about disaster preparedness thereafter.

Parallel to her work in the school district, she was an Adjunct Professor in Counselor Education at The Citadel School of Education from 1973–2008. In her private counseling practice from 1995–2008, she worked with children and their families, and she served as a counseling supervisor for professional counselors.

She served as a charter member in 1985 of the South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors and Psycho-Educational Specialists, and served as president, vice president, and secretary during her tenure from 1986–1992. She led the effort to write the code of ethics and to establish standards and training guidelines for counselors and for counseling supervisors.

Kitty served on the national board of trustees for the College Board, the educational research and testing non-profit organization created to expand access to higher education. She was a member from 1963 onward of the South Carolina Counseling Association and served as its president in 1977–1978. She was a member of the American Counseling Association from 1963 onward and served on its board of directors in 1978–1981. She was a member of Phi Delta Kappa, the professional association for educators, from 1978. She was a member of the Society of Adlerian Psychology.

Kitty was recognized by her peers for her commitment to public education and her service to the counseling profession. In 1975, she was awarded Outstanding Administrator in the Personnel and Guidance Profession in South Carolina by the South Carolina Personnel and Guidance Association (now the South Carolina Counseling Association). The South Carolina Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors selected her as the Outstanding Counselor Supervisor of 1985. The Citadel School of Education inducted her into its "Wall of Fame" in 2009 to recognize her teaching and her work with the licensure board and with elementary counselors.

She was a long-time member of the Circular Congregational Church in downtown Charleston and served as president of the congregation. She served on the board of the Charleston Hotline Service that originated there, and helped develop "Rap Action Groups" for substance abuse prevention. She co-chaired the Family Education Center, with the goal of teaching parenting and leadership. She was part of the Bee Team of Sweetgrass Garden that brought the first hives of mite-resistant bees to the Charleston area, and she worked with the hives to extract honey and make bee balm. She served on the board of the Upward Bound college preparatory program at the College of Charleston and was involved with the Charleston Area Justice Ministry. She blazed trails for social justice throughout her life, finding ways to initiate and organize change for the long term with unshakeable faith in human potential.

Kitty was a lifelong bridge player and achieved Gold Life Master status in 2013. She was president of the board of the nonprofit Charleston Bridge Club when it decided, after 50 years of renting space at various sites, to break ground in

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