Kay Degenhardt Passes
May 3, 2013,
"With her quick smile and quicker Irish wit, Kay was a familiar figure in the aisles of Surtex, often playing Pied Piper to an entourage of editors - many of whom she introduced to the surface design business for the first time," show organizer GLM said in its announcement of Degenhardt's passing.
In 1978, Degenhardt and a friend founded Rdesigns, a textiles design business in New York City concentrating on product designs for the home. A decade later, she formed Kay Degenhardt Inc., a consulting firm focused on the home furnishing industry.
Degenhardt was also a longtime member of IFDA (International Furnishings and Design Assn.) New York Chapter, and served on the national design awards committee of the Cooper- Hewitt Museum, one of the Smithsonian's museums in New York.
She is survived by her daughter, Jane Degenhardt and her husband James Serhant II; son Peter Degenhardt and his wife Leslie; four grandchildren, and three brothers, Edward, Richard, and Patrick Murray.
The family asks that any donations be made to the Bay State Hospice in Springfield, Mass. at www.baystatehealth.com.