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Congratulations to Linda (Narramore) and Mel Katz....Mr. and Mrs. San Diego 2017

Diane Bell Contact Reporter
Linda (Narramore) Katz has long been an advocate of woman power, and Mel Katz is an executive of Manpower. So they are well prepared for their upcoming recognition as a power couple — Mr. and Mrs. San Diego 2017.

Throughout their 40-year marriage, the Del Mar couple has worked quietly both behind the scenes and in challenging leadership positions to better the San Diego community and the lives of underserved San Diegans.

Mel and his business partner, Phil Blair, own the largest Manpower employment service franchise in the United States and have used their connections gratis to help U.S. military veterans re-enter the civilian workforce.

A champion of education, Mel spearheaded the drive to raise $195 million to build the downtown Central Library and currently chairs the board of the library’s charter high school and is a UC San Diego Foundation trustee.

Linda is founding president of The San Diego Women’s Foundation, co-founder of Women Give San Diego, which reaches out to the most vulnerable populations of women and girls, and a longtime supporter of Planned Parenthood.

The mother of three has collected a room full of trophies and honors as a nearly full-time volunteer here for 38 years. Linda was the Senior Community Center’s “Advocacy Hero,” a Girl Scouts’ “Cool Woman”, LEAD San Diego’s “Graduate of the Year” and Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary’s “Distinguished Service” honoree, to mention a few.

She is about to collect another title: “Mrs. San Diego.” She and her husband will be honored at a Sept. 14 event hosted by the San Diego Rotary Club stressing the couple’s theme of across-the-board equality in pay, education, jobs, reproductive rights, religion, race, gender and more.

A group of civic leaders began the annual tradition of selecting a “Mr. San Diego” in 1952. But times change and, in the 1990s when the first woman was chosen, the title morphed into “Mrs. San Diego.”

In the past 75 years, only one other married couple has been honored — San Diego Union columnist Eileen Jackson and artist Everett Jackson. They were named “Mr. and Mrs. San Diego” in 1992. Last year the title was shared by unrelated community champions, Lucy Killea and Leon Williams.

Dr. Fred Frye heads the selection committee which, since 1975, has been comprised of former San Diego Rotary Club presidents who evaluate nominations from throughout the region.

“I don’t think the Central Library would ever have been built if it wasn’t for Mel Katz,” said George Gildred, past selection committee chairman. He also pointed to Mel’s role in starting a program when Mel chaired the Regional Chamber of Commerce that brought world leaders to a San Diego summit called “Insights.”

Gildred stressed that honorees are not chosen for one or two accomplishments, however, but rather the breadth and depth of their leadership over an extensive period.

“I was shocked,” said Linda, who got the call en route to a community hero award luncheon honoring a friend.

“It was amazing and very humbling,” said Mel, who finds it a bit premature because there are so many things he and Linda still want to do in San Diego.

He is immersing himself in affordable housing and homeless issues. She is involved with United Women of East Africa and helping San Diego’s New Americans — the underserved populations of refugees an immigrants.

In Linda’s words: “Our community is family.”

(from Facebook - Alma Scott)



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