During her time at Oregon Normal School and Oregon College of Education, Katherine Arbuthnot was known for her devotion to her students. An article about her in the Statesmen Journal read, “At the very hour of her death on October 27, 1952, she was helping a student prepare an English paper for class at OCE.” Here she's seen baking a pie with a student.
Katherine Arbuthnot worked at Oregon Normal School from 1913 to 1947. A year before her retirement, she received an award for outstanding teaching. In 1962, Oregon College of Education built a women's dormitory, Arbuthnot Hall, that was dedicated to her, (which has since been demolished in 2011.)
Katherine Arbuthnot began teaching at Oregon Normal School in 1913 as a critic teacher at Monmouth Elementary School of the Training School program. Later in her tenure she was promoted to assistant professor of Social Science and became the head of the Geography department before retiring in 1947.