Kathleen Gawthrop Palmer Arnold Palmer’s Wife

Kathleen Gawthrop Palmer

Kathleen Gawthrop Palmer is the second wife of legendary golfer Arnold Palmer, aka The King who passed away on September 25, 2016 at the age of 84.

Arnold Palmer was one of the greatest golfers in the world. He was the recipient of the 1998 PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award and 1974 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee.

Mr. Palmer will be greatly missed. He is survived by his two daughters Amy and Peggy Palmer and his beloved wife Kathleen Gawthrop aka Kathleen Palmer.

Kathleen’s amazing husband was the recipient of  the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2009. He won the Masters Tournament for the first time in 1958, winning three more titles in 1960 when he also won the U.S Open, 1962 and 1964.

Palmer was born September 10, 1929 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Wake Forest College and turned pro in 1954. He scored 95 professional wins during his career as a professional golfer.

As previously mentioned Kathleen Gawthrop was Arnold Palmer’s wife #2. In December, 1934 he first married an interior design student at Brown University Winifred Walzer.


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During the 45 years of marriage they had two daughters; Peggy born in February, 1956 and Amy born two years later. Their marriage lasted until her death on November 20, 1999 from complications due to ovarian cancer. She was 65 at the time.

Arnold found love again. The lucky lady was  divorced mother of three, Kathleen Gawthrop. Born in March, 1939 Kathleen, aka “Kit”  from Tiburon, CA was 66 when she and Arnold Palmer, 75, got married in January, 2005.