NORMAN — Karen Kealy Peak, 63, of Fort Clark Springs, Texas, formerly of Norman and Tampa, Fla., was born Nov. 23, 1950, in Dallas and died Monday, July 7, 2014.
She is survived by her husband, Lt. Col. (retired) William B. Peak; mother, Joan Kealy; sister, Kathy Garner; and other family members.
She graduated from Tucker High School in DeKalb County, Ga., in 1968. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Tulsa in 1978, a Master of Arts in 1985 and a Master of Science in 1992 from the University of Oklahoma. She married her beau in Oklahoma City in 1998.
During her tenure at OU, she was placed in charge of the teaching laboratory for the microbiology department and, as such, served as an adjunct professor. While in Tampa, she was employed as a microbiologist in research by the department of the Army at the Center for Biological Defense at the University of South Florida. She has primary listing for the identifying and naming of a novel species of Bacillus Anthrax.
Kealy had the brilliant mind of a scientific researcher and the passion and flair of being a stage performer. She was eloquent and compassionate, a devoted wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She leaves an irreplaceable void and will be missed beyond words.
Donations may be made in her memory to either seaturtlehospital.org or the National Defense Resources Council, biogemsdefenders@savebiogens.
A Wake was Wednesday in Fort Clark Springs, Texas. A gathering will take place in New Orleans in the fall.
Norman Transcript, Thursday, July 7, 2014
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