An influential member of the Case Western Reserve community for more than 60 years, Kilpatrick is an inspirational teacher and counselor. She has served the university in many key positions, including secretary of the university, director of Thwing Center, university marshal and the first female vice president of the university.

Kilpatrick has also served on numerous alumni committees and boards and is a walking encyclopedia of university history. She is a constant presence supporting campus events and was instrumental in securing the Flora Stone Mather Alumnae Association gift to The Alumni House.