About the Reader
Cathy Keating is a fourth generation Oklahoman who was born and raised in Tulsa. She has focused much of her energy in her life on community service, most prominently while she was First Lady of Oklahoma, 1995 – 2003. After the Oklahoma City Bombing she organized and implemented the international Prayer Service and subsequently spent much of her energy helping those who were affected by the bombing heal. Keating authored a book: In Their Name, The Oklahoma City Bombing, which was on the New York Times best seller list, with all the proceeds going to project recovery.
While she was First Lady, Keating founded Friends of the Oklahoma Governor’s Mansion, a nonprofit organization dedicated to its restoration and preservation. Keating renovated and permanently furnished the Governor’s Mansion, and the Phillips Pavilion and authored books Our Governor’s Mansions and Oh La La, Stately Cuisine, with all proceeds going to that cause.
Keating has or is currently serving on the Habitat for Humanities National Trust, Oklahoma City National Memorial, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation among others. Keating is currently co-chair of the Washington, DC American Red Cross capital campaign and the Oklahoma City Salvation Army capital campaign.
Keating serves on the Board of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, where she has founded and is Chairing of the Annie Oakley Society, a women’s leadership organization.
Currently serves on the Board of Directors of Express Services, Inc. and chairs their international philanthropy.
Among her honors, she is the recipient of the Thouroughbread Award for the David and Sybil Yurman Foundation. Recipient of the William Booth Award, National Champion for Children Award and Outstanding Southerner in Southern Living Magazine.
She and her husband Frank have three children and grandchildren.