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Katherine F. Triepel, promoter of traffic safety

June 3, 1939 – Sept. 7, 2013

Katherine F. Triepel, of Hamburg, who promoted many traffic safety initiatives on the local and national levels, died Sept. 7 in Autumnview Health Care Facility, Hamburg, after a lengthy illness. She was 74.

Mrs. Triepel, as Town of Hamburg traffic safety director, developed an enforcement program with police that sharply reduced the number of serious accidents involving children, pedestrians and bicyclists during the summer months.

She also headed a program that upgraded all the town’s traffic signs, improved crosswalks at busy intersections and installed rubberized panels to ease traffic flow at high-volume railroad crossings. She also organized a traffic safety program in the Hamburg and Frontier schools.

Born in Buffalo, she was a graduate of Amherst High School, where she was captain of the girls soccer team, and studied nutrition at Hood College in Frederick, Md. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University at Buffalo.

Originally employed at an engineering consulting firm, she becmae the only female board member at the Highway Safety Users Federation. She was a member of the committee that developed standards for reflective material for clothing worn by highway workers.

She was regional director of Federal Region I of the National Association of Women Highway Safety Leaders and a member of the American Society of Tests and Measurements.

Mrs. Triepel was a board member of Lake Shore Nursery School and a deacon at Wayside Presbyterian Church in Hamburg, where she also taught Sunday school and served on the Sanctuary Redecoration Committee.

As a young woman, she was a champion equestrian, competing in show jumping. She also trained and showed poodles. Her standard Tia Maria won the High Point Poodle prize at the Credit Valley Dog Show in Toronto.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, George J. Jr.; a son, George J. III; a daughter, Kristin Murphy; a special daughter, Lt. Col. Kelly Brown; and a sister, Dr. Marilyn Goodwin.

Services were private.

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