Katharine Krause, former senior attorney and executive director of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and widely recognized for her dedication to gaining health and government benefits for the poor, has died. She was 47.
Ms. Krause died Sunday in Los Angeles of cancer, her law partner, Valerie Vanaman, said.
For her lifelong work in poverty law, Ms. Krause received the Loren Miller Legal Services Award from the State Bar of California in 1990. The award cited her for "outstanding leadership in extending legal services to the poor in California."
In 1989, she earned the Norma Zarky Memorial Award from the Beverly Hills Bar Assn. "for dedicated service to the less fortunate in the community." In 1987, she was awarded the Ernestine Stahlhut Award from the Women Lawyers Assn. of Los Angeles for her inspiration to prospective women attorneys.
As a Legal Aid Foundation attorney from 1977 to 1981 and executive director from 1981 until 1990, Ms. Krause paired her flair for social service and law to aid the poor. As head of the Los Angeles agency she supervised a staff of 160, including 55 attorneys, 15 offices and a $9-million budget.