Kay Eppich Black

January 14, 1928July 5, 2020

Kay E. Black 01/14/1928 – 07/05/2020.

Born in Denver, Kay died peacefully at home in San Francisco, her home since 1979. She leaves behind her daughters, Debby Black, Kate Black and Courtney Carpenter and their spouses, granddaughter Ann Carpenter, her spouse and grandson Ross Carpenter. Predeceased in 2010 by her husband Andrews D. Black (Andy), co-founder of The Denver Country Day school, later Kent Denver School, Kay had 92 years of an active, interesting life. In 1963, she was one of the first western women to hike to the base camp of Mount Everest with Andy during the first American ascent. In 1961, she, Andy, some adventurous Denver friends along with children loaded up 2 freight canoes at Great Slave Lake in Canada and headed north down the McKenzie river to Tuktuyaaqtuuq, Arctic Circle, NWT. She was a pilot, and in the 1970's raced airplanes in national and international women-only races, known as the Powder Puff and Angel Derbies. With her children grown, she earned her master’s degree in Asian Art History at the University of Denver and began her decades-long study of Korean Art, culminating this spring in the publication of her book: Ch’aekkŏri Painting: A Korean Jigsaw Puzzle, with contributions by Edward W. Wagner and Gari Ledyard. Seoul: Sahoipyoungnon Academy, 2020. (336 pages, 144 illustrations; ISBN 979-11-89946-52-4 96300) Kay was a lover of life, people, art and world news. As one friend and colleague wrote: “She has been an inspiration to me for many, many years. So elegant, learned, witty and tough.” At Kay’s request there will be no memorial service. If you wish, a donation may be made to one of the following: Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, Tel: 415.581.3500. Andrews D. Black Scholarship Fund, Kent Denver School, Tel: 303.770.7600 Please indicate donation to Andrews D. Black Scholarship Fund. Planned Parenthood Tel: 415.821.1282


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Peter Bauer

July 19, 2020

I transferred from Graland to DCD in 1964 and graduated in 1966. I have fond memories of Kay as the charming and effervescent Grand Dame of the school. Some of my memories include our DCD Ski Team staying at the Black's Home in Aspen over Christmas break. It was located right next to the base of the mountain so that we could spill out the back door for slalom practice every morning, and then move on to downhill training on the main mountain in the afternoon.

Fred Cline

July 12, 2020

Kay worked extensively on her book at the Asian Art Museum (then in the deYoung Museum) where I was the librarian. We became good friends and I was a guest often at their house on Larkin Street. She and Andy contributed to the well-being of us all, including Tim Salmon, my library assistant. Their advice and contributions to the Museum worked to bring about a unique and lasting institution for East-West understanding.

Phil Johnson

July 10, 2020

I graduated from DCD in 964, entering in the fall of 1958. I kept in touch with the Blacks over the decades. Mr and Mrs Black were more than just names. They were formative people in my adolescence and stayed mentors through the years. I was a guest at their Aspen house several times, both as a member of the soccer team when we played CRMS and as part of their extended DCD family. She was warm, fun and always gracious. Lots and lots of great memories. My sincere condolences to her two daughters.