We’ve lost one of the lively voices of freethought.
HELEN KAGIN died early this evening following complications from cancer surgery. She was 76.
Kagin was a heroine and activist in the Atheist movement. Along with her husband, attorney Edwin Kagin, she co-founded Camp Quest, a summer camp for the children of nonbelievers, which has grown into an international outreach. She and Edwin were frequent guests at various conventions, and belonged to several freethought groups.
In 2005, Helen and Edwin were named “Atheists of the Year” at the National Convention of American Atheists. Helen was active in the Free Inquiry Group of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. She worked closely with Edwin and others organizing countless demonstrations and meetings, including the Rally for Reason which attracted hundreds of pro-science supporters who peacefully protested outside the opening of the Creation “Museum” in Petersburg, KY.
She was an outstanding wife, mother, friend to so many; and Helen also had an illustrious career as an anesthesiologist
We will miss her infectious laughter, her wonderful friendship and stalwart support for the cause of Reason and state-church separation.
Helen Kagin will be cremated. Edwin Kagin asks that expressions of sympathy in the form of donations be used to send kids to Camp Quest. There will be further announcements, including details of a Memorial event.
I stayed at Helen and Edwin’s house when the 300 students of SSA made their assault on the Creation “Museum”, and they were both wonderful people—I feel a little bit of Edwin’s pain now.