Catherine MacDonald, co-founder of Cliffs Notes, 94, died Sunday.
She was born Feb. 9, 1920.
She launched Cliffs Notes in 1958, with her then husband Cliff Hillegass. She typed an initial mailing to college stores of about 1,000 letters, hammering most of them out in a campground in Colo., because her three children wanted to go camping.
She operated the fledgling publishing company out o f the basement of the family home in Lincoln. In the first few years, she shipped over a million Cliffs Notes with a tiny staff including the couples children.
She was the daughter of Clarence James (C.J.) and Edna Galbraith. She was named Miss Fairbury at age 16. She paid her way through secretarial school at the Lincoln School of Commerce. After marrying Clifton K. Hillegass in 1939, she did clerical work in claims adjusting at a Lincoln insurance company.