Kathleen Berkeley was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She attended UCLA, earning a B.A.; M.A.; and Ph.D in History. In 1981, she and her spouse, Harry Tuchmayer, moved to Wilmington, NC to work, raise a family, and become engaged members of the community. Kathleen recently retired from UNC Wilmington after 34 years of service as a professor of History and a university administrator. She has served as chair of the History department, director of the Center for Faculty Leadership and Development, interim director of the Women’s Studies and Resource Center, and as an associate dean in the College of Arts & Sciences. Her teaching and research areas included US history, Southern History, gender studies, and sexuality. She is the author of two books and several scholarly articles, two of which won awards. In recognition of her decades-long work in the field of higher education, she was the recipient of both a 2015 YWCA Women of Achievement Award and the inaugural 2015 WSRC Inconvenient Woman Award.
She and her spouse believe that healthy public institutions are central to building and sustaining a strong and vibrant community. Both have dedicated their careers and service activities to public institutions and to non-profit organizations that improve the quality of life in southeastern North Carolina. Kathleen has served on the board of Domestic Violence Shelter and Services of the Lower Cape Fear and on the North Carolina Humanities Council. She is currently a member of the League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear and The Wilmington chapter of the American Association of University Women. Current community service includes volunteering for Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard and the Little Red Wagon program at Forest Hills Elementary School. She and her spouse have supported WHQR since its salad days on Greenfield Street and Kathleen looks forward to continuing her service to the community as a member of the WHQR Board of Directors.