Katharine Christian "Casey" Eckman, 21, of Chadds Ford, died on Oct. 17 after a short but brave battle with leukemia.She was the daughter of Richard and Susan May Eckman of Chadds Ford, where she grew up.

Casey, as she was known by family and friends, graduated from Unionville High School 2005 and attended Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., where she was on the dean's list. She was to complete her senior year this May, and graduate with a degree in psychology and a minor in English.

While in high school, she was enthusiastically involved in the music program and was editor-in-chief of the Indian Post newspaper. In college, she was involved in a number of campus organizations, including the Hamilton Ski Team and HAVOC, the campus service organization. She was also elected to serve on the Hamilton judiciary board.

She was a dedicated volunteer with the Clinton Animal Shelter, and an avid competitor in the Hamilton College Trivia Night. She enjoyed accompanying herself on the piano, and she sang solos numerous times at Westminster Church including this past Christmas with her sisters. She loved politics, and last fall, she worked for Delaware Congressman Mike Castle as part of Hamilton's Semester in Washington program. She spent this past summer in London, studying European politics at Middlesex University. She was very proud to be a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and was a member of the Vicmead Hunt Club.

She will be remembered by her family as a young woman with an enormous heart, great compassion for others, and a zest for life and learning. She loved bringing joy to people's lives, making people laugh with her keen wit, and was a devoted friend of animals, including her beloved cat Angus.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her older sister, Elizabeth Anna and her younger sisters, Susannah Talley and Louisa Emma Helen; her brother-in-law, Peter Dawson; her grandmother, Mrs. A. John May, of Berwyn; and a large extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A celebration of life service was held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, in Wilmington, Delaware on Tuesday, Oct. 21. Burial was private.

Contributions may be made to the Katharine Eckman Scholarship Fund at Hamilton College, 198 College Hill Road, Clinton, NY 13323, and to Forgotten Cats, PMB 422, 4001 Kennett Pike, Suite 134, Greenville, DE 19807.. Condolences may be e-mailed to carepages.com/carepages/katharineeckman.

Arrangements by Chandler Funeral Homes & Crematory, www.chandlerfuneralhome.com.

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