Kathryn Adeline Rainbow-Earhart
Doctor Kathryn A. Rainbow-Earhart, a native of Wheeling, West Virginia, [graduated from OHS in 1938,] attended the Fort Valley State College in Georgia, and, after receiving a B.S. degree from that institution, entered the Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, from which she received her M.D. degree.
Following a rotating internship at Harlem Hospital in New York, Doctor Rainbow-Earhart served a pediatric residency at Mercy-Douglass and Childrens Hospitals in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She then, as the recipient of a fellowship awarded by the National Medical Fellowships, Inc., served as additional residency in pediatrics at Freedmens Hospital, in Washington, D.C.
She engaged in a private pediatric practice in North Carolina for two years.
Doctor Rainbow-Earhart joined the staff at Lakin State Hospital, in Lakin, West Virginia, as a staff physician in 1954 and was appointed Superintendent in September, 1960. In June, 1962, she left West Virginia to enter the Menninger School of Psychiatry in Topeka, Kansas.
In June, 1965, Doctor Rainbow-Earhart graduated from the Menninger School of Psychiatry.
She was then employed as staff psychiatrist at the Topeka State Hospital, Topeka, Kansas.
In March, 1979, she became a staff psychiatrist at the Shawnee Community Mental Health Center, Inc. In 1981, she was employed by the Kansas State Department of Corrections until her retirement in 1983.
Doctor Rainbow-Earhart is a past president of the West Virginia Medical Society, Inc. and a member of the American Medical Associations, Inc.; the Kansas Medical Society; the American Psychiatric Association; the Black Psychiatrists of America; and the Kansas District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association.
She is listed in Whos Who of American Women, Whos Who in the Midwest, Whos Who among Black Americans, and in the 1972 edition of the Two Thousand Women of Achievement.
She is a member of the St. John A.M.E. Church of Topeka, a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, a past president of the Topeka Chapter of Links, Inc.; and a past president of the Topeka Club of Quota International, Inc. She is a Life Member of the NAACP; a member of the National Council of Negro Women; a member of the Board of Directors of The Villages in Topeka; Hospice, Inc. of Topeka (1981-1983 and 1988-1990); the Board of the Topeka Association of Retarded Citizens from 1972 to 1978, and from 1984-1990. She is also an honorary Member of the Beta Upsilon Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.
She was also a 1993 Honoree of the Consortium of Doctors. In 2001, she received the Positive Image Award from the Topeka Chapter of Links, Inc. She was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Martin Luther King Living the Dream in 2008.
In private life, she was married to William Earhart, and is the mother of two sons, one of whom is a graduate of the Air Force Academy in Colorado.
Since her retirement, Doctor Rainbow-Earhart spent her time reading, gardening, volunteering, traveling at home and abroad; serving on boards and as a member of various organizations in the Topeka community, and enjoying life in general.
Doctor Rainbow-Earhart will lay in state today May 19, from 4-8 p.m. with family visitation from 6-8 p.m.
Services will be held Friday May 20 at 11a.m. all at Bowser Johnson Funeral Chapel Inc.
Cremation will follow.
The Topeka Capital-Journal, Topeka, Kan., Thursday, May 19, 2011.