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Katherina "Kat" Mae Goseco Bean

August 28, 1962 — December 14, 2021

Katherina “Kat” Mae Goseco Bean

Katherina passed away unexpectedly, on December 14, 2021.

She was born on August 28, 1962, to Frank and Mae Goseco, who preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband Dr. Francis Bean, and brothers Frank Goseco of Newport Beach, California, and John Goseco, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

Just after her birth, General Chuck Yeager was the second person to hold her; she later affectionately called him “Uncle Chuck”.

Katherina led an active life. Fearless, determined, and talented. When she set out to accomplish a task, she put every effort into it, and was successful.

Katherina’s father was a Major in the U.S. Air Force, so she attended schools in Switzerland; England; Austin, Texas, and Irvine High School, in California, where she was the class president in all her years in high school.
At the time, she was the only girl to try out for the football team; she played in one game and was roughly persuaded to leave that hitting game-playing to the boys. However, she was undaunted, blazing paths on dirt bikes and flying a crop duster solo at 500ft above the deck.
She loved to surf and when she lived at the beach, she would get up early to surf, then go to school, often with wet hair.

Age 15, she was recruited to a think tank. She went on to obtain her first college degree, shortly thereafter, she was accepted to MIT. She earned multiple degrees in her life including a doctorate in Physics and holds the equivalent of an LLM or MBA and JD combined from Oxford University, a baccalaureate in Business from California State Fullerton, not to mention multiple certificate programs. She studied at MIT, Oxford University, and Cal State Fullerton. She excelled in all her academic pursuits.

She was the first female to be accepted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, but she decided that getting up at “zero dark thirty” was not for her.

As an avid skier, she was a member of the U.S. Olympic Downhill ski team, and later was a member of the ski patrol of Hunt Hollow in the Finger Lakes area in New York state.

Katherina was an executive in the legal department at Walt Disney Company, where she accomplished tasks previously thought impossible. Her first job was to travel around the United States and obtain licensing rights from actors, producers, writers, and musicians to allow the studio to use their voices, images, and music. She did this with amazing speed, proficiency, and grace, at little cost to the company. She was an integral part of the team for development and expansion of the Disney empire, in places such as Moscow, Russia, and Paris, France. Disney valued her skills to such a degree, that they insisted that she accompany President Reagan to Moscow, for a famous meeting with Russian President Gorbachev. She made the company a lot of money, then left to care for her mother who was suffering from terminal cancer. She later consulted for Disney, was the size 2 fit model for Vera Wang, and had one of the longest running modeling contracts as a fit model for a European company for over 30 years.

The U.S. Department of State offered her a Consular post position within the Diplomatic Missions Abroad section. She ultimately declined that position, and subsequently accepted a position as a consultant, and functioned in that capacity for many years. She was the only candidate, out of 32,000 candidates tested, to score perfectly on the entrance exam.

She acquired an English Law degree and worked for one of the largest law firms in the world on some of the most technical cases as the lone “American”, who the Senior Partners respected so highly, that the other partners were instructed to “listen to what she says”. Katherina always thought outside the box at a level that few could comprehend, yet she could explain the most complex things in terms that would be easily understood by and tailored to whatever audience she happened to be addressing.

Katherina was a global intelligence consultant to the U.S. Department of State, the US military, N.A.S.A., multiple NGO’s especially Catholic and Christian organizations who often travelled into dangerous environments. She would arrange and assure their safe return, including Doctors Without Borders (often pro bono). She was an International Process Management, Legal and Research Consultant for Fortune 50 companies such as Corning, Apple, Lilly, and Tesla. During her work and private life, she travelled to multiple cities of every country numerous times. One of her favorite places was Venice Italy where she celebrated her birthday about 15 years in a row. So much so, that she was often invited to affluent people’s homes, and often the Venice film festival, including the after-festival party by the film makers and actors where she once politely declined a dance request from George Clooney.

She excelled in scull and sweep rowing (Crewing), and on one occasion, with other rowers who had not previously rowed together, formed a team at Buffalo, New York, competed and won against other seasoned rowing teams. She was a Crewing instructor at Cornell University, where she also lectured. She took up Muay Thai kickboxing along with her husband to “get in shape for their wedding!”

Kat was a wanted woman; she was pursued by diplomats, princes, actors, pro athletes, movie stars and producers, millionaires, and billionaires across the globe. Yet she also spent several years in a small Catholic Convent in Louisville, KY decerning whether she had a religious vocation as a Catholic nun. Although she ultimately decided that was not what she was destined to do, she lived her whole life listening to and trying to please God and do what was right as her number one guide. She finally married for the first time, at 47 years old to the love of her life, Dr. Francis Bean, and moved to Indiana to continue her consulting work, support his practice, and begin their ministry for God together.

She was a member of Mensa Honor Society, and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was also a member of Rolling Thunder, Chapter One in Indiana, whose members memorialize and honor military POW’s and MIA’s—who are generally forgotten by most Americans. She had a great love for those who served in the military, especially since her father was an Air Force fighter pilot. She was in process to become a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.). Katherina was thrilled to be considered for membership in D.A.R.—relatively few are qualified.

All good people were attracted to her natural grace and beauty, and for all those who knew Katherina, she brought sunshine into their lives. She had a high capacity for empathy, and compassion. She was kind, generous, caring, considerate and always thoughtful of others needs above her own. She was the embodiment of one her favorite sayings: “We must exhibit first, Beauty, Goodness and Truth”. Her physical beauty was exceeded only by her enormous heart, genius mind and infinite charity. Her light and life and a keen sense of justice changed many people’s lives for the better. She will be dearly missed, and forever loved by many across the entire world, especially those of us fortunate enough to have been loved by her and shared a part of her extraordinary, yet entirely too brief, life.

A viewing will be held on Friday January 7, 2022 from 6-8PM at Carlisle-Branson located at 39 E High St. Mooresville, IN 46158. On Saturday January 8, 2022 @ 12:00 pm there will be a Latin Requiem Mass of Christian Burial for Katherina at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 520 Stevens St., Indianapolis, IN 46203. High Tea Reception, immediately following the Mass, at L.S. Ayers Tea Room, Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204. All friends and family are welcome to attend.

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Friday, January 7, 2022

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Carlisle-Branson Funeral Service & Crematory

39 E High St , Mooresville, IN 46158

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Mass of Christian Burial

Saturday, January 8, 2022

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