Pharos-Tribune

December 20, 2013

OUR VIEW: Leaving a legacy in Logansport


Pharos-Tribune

---- — Three pages.

That’s what we received when we asked for a list of the organizations and projects that Kathy Dingo was involved in.

Three pages.

If ever an absence will be felt by an entire city, it will be that of Kathy Dingo. The longtime downtown advocate died Wednesday at the age of 64.

Her legacy won’t stay within the confines of those three pages. Yes, she served on numerous committees, spearheaded countless projects and chaired more events than we’d care to count — but all that pales in comparison to what really defines Dingo’s legacy in Logansport.

She wasn’t afraid to get dirty in her quest to make Logansport a better city. She didn’t just dream up ideas for ways to make our community a better place to live. She dug down into the dirt and made it happen. She planted pink petunias to brighten downtown streets. She scraped, shoveled and sweated on Live United Day. She cared with her whole heart and her whole body.

When she saw a need in Logansport, she was determined to fix it. There was too much asphalt in downtown and not enough green, so Dingo set out to establish several “pocket parks.”

There were too many façades in disrepair in downtown, so she devoted herself to Logan’s Landing and made beautifying downtown a reality.

Flipping through the three pages of notes on her accomplishments and volunteer efforts, you see she made her mark all across Logansport — Cole Park, McHale Complex, Tri Kappa, Cass County Historical Preservation Foundation, Taste of Cass County, Strawberry Festival, Art on the Avenue. And that’s barely scratching the surface.

While we’re saddened by her passing, we’re left inspired by the life she lived. She devoted her time on this Earth to something bigger than herself. She was living proof that one person can truly make a difference in the world.

What a wonderful world this would be if there were more Kathy Dingos. What if there were more people who put themselves second and their fellow man first? What if there were more hands in the dirt? What if we all cared as much as Kathy Dingo did? What if her enthusiasm and passion rubbed off on us all?

We don’t know the answers to those questions, but we do know one thing for certain. Logansport is a better place because Kathy Dingo called it home.

THE ISSUE Longtime Logansport advocate Kathy Dingo OUR VIEW Logansport is a better place because Kathy Dingo called it home.