Katherine Muller (Kay) Bullitt was born and raised in Massachusetts. She earned her B.A. (with honors) in Government from Radcliff College and taught in Cambridge, Massachusetts before heading west in 1953. She picked Seattle as the place she wanted to live.
During the past forty years, Kay raised six children and dedicated herself to civil activism. Through her leadership in numerous organizations, she has promoted: quality integrated public education, civil rights, the historic preservation of ships and buildings, and peace and international understanding. She helped found a women’s bank at a time when women had difficulty getting credit. As a Trustee of the Bullitt Foundation, Kay promoted environmental protection in the Pacific Northwest.
As a result of her civic contributions, Kay Bullitt has received many awards. These include the Jefferson Award for Public Service, the YMCA Milnor Roberts Award for World Peace Through International Understanding, the Partners in Public Education (PIPE) Katherine Muller Bullitt Award (named for her as its founder), the Ralph Bunche Award from the Peace Through Law Section of the Seattle Bar Association, the Paul Beeson Award from Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the United Nations (Seattle Chapter) Human Rights Award.
Kay Bullitt lives in Seattle, Washington.