Degenhardt passes

Retail Editor 5, March 29, 2013

Easthampton, Mass. - Kay Degenhardt, a long-time public relations and licensing professional who represented GLM and the Surtex show from 2009 to 2011, passed away March 19 surrounded by her family at home here.
"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 long-time 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


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