Colleen Mary Kegg
Colleen, 62, died Wednesday, November 13, 2013 after a long battle with a rare neurological disorder known as Cortical Basal Degeneration (CBD). Colleen was born in Houston, Texas, and graduated from Rice University before moving to Santa Barbara in 1979. Here she worked for the US Geological Survey doing stream flow measurements while she obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering from UCSB.
Colleen had a way of meeting life totally head-on, and she usually had a crowd right behind her feeling privileged to be on her activities train. It might be in her work as an engineer at Vetco dealing with deep sea tasks or at Able Engineering developing hardware to hold solar panels in position on the International Space Station. Or it might be in her involvement in her children’s activities – PTA President at Foothill School or helping out with the Santa Barbara Seashells Youth Sailing program. She was always on the go, and whether you were family or friend or co-worker or soccer or biking or swim buddy or travel companion, you just wanted to be included. She made it all so much fun.
Colleen is survived by her husband of 31 years, Bob Simon and by her daughter Katie, 27, a budding comedian in New York City. Other survivors are her sisters, Karen Kegg (Tim Johnson) in Santa Barbara, Kathleen Price in Houston and Diane Schroeder in Austin. Sadly, Colleen’s son Jeff Simon died in 2007 at the way too early age of 22.
Colleen will be remembered for those magnetic, beaming eyes and smile, her never ending organizing of a new project, activity or trip and her ability to make you feel as enthusiastic as she was about every one of these activities.
A memorial is planned for 2PM on December 7 at the Carrillo Recreation Center, 100 East Carrillo St. Dress is “Colleen Casual”. Donations may be made to curepsp.org (the umbrella organization for CDB, PSP and other similar neurological disorders) or to the charity of your choice, but she’d probably rather you just take your dog to the beach and watch the sun set or go for a swim.