Celebrating the Life of Katrina Robertson Reed
March 12, 1944 - February 11, 2021
1199 Utoy Springs Rd, SW Atlanta, GA 30331
(Limited Capacity in the Chapel)
Livestream at 02.19.21 @ 3pm
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On Thursday, February 11, 2021, Katrina Robertson Reed, loving mother of two children, passed away at age 76. Katrina was born Katrina Virginia Robertson on March 12, 1944 in Birmingham, AL to Wilton and Wamo (Reed) Robertson. Katrina grew up in the Catholic church and was baptized at Holy Family Church in Birmingham. She was a Girl Scout and grew up surrounded by cousins and close friends in Pratt City. As teens, she and her friends formed a social group called the “The Coterie Club.” Katrina attended A. H. Parker H.S. in Birmingham, AL from 1958-1961. There she sang in the Parker High School choir. Her friendships from this time would be life-long.
In 1961, Katrina married Frederick M. Green, and from that union came a son, Frederick Dewayne, and a few years later a daughter, Katrina Annjanette. The young couple left Birmingham and to everyone’s surprise made the long journey to St. Paul, Minnesota. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Katrina received her B.S. in Elementary Education in 1968 and began her teaching career in the St. Paul Public Schools. In 1971, she established the first Cultural Resource Center in the district and developed the curriculum guide for “Afro-American History and Culture, Volume II.” She was a powerful public speaker and presented at many education conferences and symposiums over the years.
In 1983, Katrina received a master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Minnesota. In 1984, Katrina wed Larry Reed. They were married until 1998. Her career transitioned from the classroom to Human Resources where she was known for her skill in teacher recruiting and contract negotiations. She joined the Minneapolis Public Schools as the Associate Superintendent for Human Resources and Labor Relations and served as the School District’s Chief Negotiator for nine years. During her tenure in the Minneapolis Public Schools, Katrina changed the nature of collective bargaining in the School District from adversarial to a partnership with teachers using interest based bargaining to focus on improved student and school performance. When called upon by the School Board, Katrina served as Acting Superintendent during a period of crisis in the District. Katrina’s career in public education spanned 33 years and multiple cities where she held positions such as Associate Superintendent for Administrative Services in the District of Columbia Public Schools and Associate Superintendent for Human Resources in the Dallas Public Schools among other roles. She served as President of the American Association of Schools Personnel Administrators and was the first recipient of the Human Resources and Directors Award for the Council of the Great City Schools. Upon her retirement in 2001, Katrina moved to Atlanta, Georgia and continued to work as a consultant for urban school districts across the country. She also remained active in the Links in Atlanta.
Katrina was passionate about community, friendships, and family. She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta. She loved to spend time with her friends, many for whom relocated to Atlanta after she did. You could find her enjoying a Frankie Beverly and Maze concert at Chastain Park (dressed in all white) or entertaining her family and friends over sporting events and on the holidays. She loved to make a big pot of seafood gumbo on New Year’s day to share with family and friends.
Katrina was preceded in death by her father, Wilton, and her mother, Wamo. She is survived by her two children, Frederick and Katrina (Okeeba), her grandchildren, Damond (Tenisha), Kimerie, Marcellus, Sydney, Marcus, Sol & Noble and her great-grandchildren, Amir and Aniyah.
“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in
truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
- Kahlil Gibran
Order of Celebration
The First Lesson
Dr. Josephine Reed-Taylor
The Second Lesson
His Eye on the Sparrow
Sydney Green, Houston Brown, Fred M. Green, Dr. Rosa Smith
Rev. Gary Dean
The Links, Incorporated Resolution
Minneapolis- Saint (MN) Paul Chapter
Dr. Josephine Reed-Taylor