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About Kitty Andersen
Katherine "Kitty" Blount, was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1904. She majored in science at Sweet Briar College (VA). After graduation she worked in a laboratory growing vaccines (one of which was for Small Pox). In 1941 she married Fred Andersen and relocated to Minnesota. By 1943 she had become the woman's personnel director at Andersen Windows.
As a Community Activist and Philanthropist she advocated for women working at the Andersen Window factory during WWII, helped secure appropriate working conditions for women, and gave them a united voice in an otherwise male-dominated field.
In the 1960's, Kitty along with the help of Betty Hulings, established Croixdale (a groundbreaking assisted-living community for seniors) to provide daily care for seniors with needs.
Kitty was a strong advocate for efforts to promote education and leadership in young women and disadvantaged communities.
In 1996, several of the Andersen Related Foundations* made a combined endowment contribution to the Science Museum's Kitty Andersen Youth Science Center in her honor. Yearly general operating funding for the KAYSC is supported by these funds.
*The Andersen Related Foundations include: The Bayport Foundation of Andersen Corporation, The Hugh J. Andersen Foundation, The Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation, The HRK Foundation, The Katherine B. Andersen Fund of the Saint Paul Foundation
Throughout Andersen's 100-year history, philanthropy and community support have been a priority. This legacy continues today through the work of the Andersen-related foundations that have been established to manage the charitable giving of Andersen Corporation and Andersen family members. Each has a unique mission and operates independently.