Kathleen Marie Dyson, a retired Federal Reserve Bank supervisor whose fancy footwork led to a role as a featured dancer on Dick Clark's "American Bandstand" in the 1950s, died Saturday in her West Seneca home. She was 68.
Born Kathleen Johnson, she grew up in South Buffalo, where she attended St. Thomas Aquinas School. She graduated from Mount Mercy Academy in 1959.
During high school, she worked at Hens & Kelly department stores and took modeling classes. She frequently attended dances at Bishop Timon High School, where she was recruited for Clark's popular television show.
Mrs. Dyson went to work at the Federal Reserve's Buffalo branch on Delaware Avenue the day after graduation. Over a 40-year career she worked her way up to accounting supervisor. While working, she continued her education at Bryant & Stratton Business Institute, the American Institute of Banking and the Cornell Institute of Management.
She married her high school sweetheart, Gerald D. Dyson, in 1967.
After retiring in 1999, she became a travel agent. She was a board member and fundraiser at Rainbow K School and helped plan the 50th reunion of her Mount Mercy Academy class. She was a familiar face at the Erie County Fair, where she warmly greeted motorists passing through Gate B.
Surviving, in addition to her husband of 42 years, are two daughters, Dr. Kathleen Marie and Kerrie Marie Pogodzinski; two sisters, Mary Eileen Charleton and Peggy Johnson; and a brother, Jack Johnson.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 450 Abbott Road.