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St. Louis County Councilwoman Kathy Burkett and I butted heads on the smoking issue, on which she was a determined opponent when it came to any smoke-free air legislation. However, we had an amicable relationship otherwise, and I was sorry to discover that she was battling cancer when I began testifying before St. Louis County Council late last year against a transportation proposal. At the time she was still council chairman and refused to cover her shaven head while presiding.
On-line, Steve Giegerich has posted about her here:
Kathleen Burkett battled cancer and occasionally colleagues right to the end
Today’s printed St. Louis Post-Dispatch has an obituary on page A11, written by reporters Paul Hampel and Steve Giegerich. I’ve reproduced below an excerpt relating to the secondhand smoke issue.
Undoubtedly, she will be missed.
Ms. Burkett did not back down from an argument.
At council meetings, she clashed with people who spoke during the public comments segment in favor of a countywide smoking ban, which she strongly opposed.