DIANE KINNARD KEE, JD: In 1965, Illinois awarded Diane a
B.S. in Mathematics; in 1972, she earned her JD from Howard
University. Her first job, at age 16, was dispensing meals at
Chicago’s Oak Park Hospital. Her first professional job was
computer programmer for IBM in Washington and New York
City. After IBM and before law school, Diane taught job skills at
a training center targeting young Black men. After law school,
she was a lawyer at the Chicago law firm of Jenner & Block and Motorola USA in Schaumburg (IL), Phoenix, and Atlanta. Motorola promoted her to Senior Attorney, General Counsel for Motorola’s Home Energy sector, and Associate General Counsel. A former member of the Illinois and Arizona and the American and National Bar Associations, after 33 years, she retired in 1998.
Driven by conscience to do what she could to advance civil rights, at the height of the movement she joined Sorors Sandra TILLY Mitchell, Constance ROLISON Corbett, and other Illini in protesting the failure of Urbana-Champaign realtors to support open housing. She and other Black law students went South to help preserve evidence in a rural murder.
Our late Soror was married to former Illini football player, Moscowitz D. Kee. They have two children and five grandchildren. They lived in Atlanta where, before passing in September, 2015, Diane relaxed by reading, golfing, and painting.
THE ALPHA NUSLETTER ...
Formerly Known As Velma DeLois Brown