As usual, I am the last to learn of things. I only realized that Kate had passed away when I received my RWA eNotes. I was shocked, of course. Kate was a powerhouse editor, and known for launching and guiding the careers of many brilliant authors of romance. She was loved and respected by many within and outside of the industry.
My thoughts are with Kate's family and friends this evening. Thank you, Kate, for everything you did for romance. We will miss you.