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Carol Virginia Grener
Carol Virginia Grener passed away of natural causes on October 11, 2013 in San Mateo, CA. Carol was born December 25, 1930 in Columbus, OH. After earning her BS degree from Ohio State University, she drove to San Francisco, where she worked for a year as a medical technologist. She moved to New York where she lived for several years, and then in 1956 she went by ship to Europe. She ended up in Paris working at a medical laboratory and thus began her lifelong love of French language and culture. Carol returned to the United States and earned a MS in French at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1961 and then a PhD at the University of Chicago in 1970. She moved to Allentown in 1968 to become a professor of French at Muhlenberg College. She was one of the first few women faculty members hired at Muhlenberg College and the first to hold the position of Associate Dean of the College. She retired in 1996. Carol was always active in community service. Among others, she was on the boards of Planned Parenthood, the Allentown Art Museum, and Lehigh County Community College. She was elected to the Allentown School Board in the 1980s. Carol was a firm believer in the equality of all people. She felt strongly that education promoted growth and prosperity for the individual and community. Carol was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lehigh Valley. She mentored many students and young people who were inspired by her love and appreciation of the arts. She loved the arts, travel, and the company of friends. Survivors: She is survived by her son, Andrew, his wife, Jeannie, and grandchildren, Erin and Jade, who reside in San Francisco. Services: A memorial service will take place on Saturday, November 30, at Egner Chapel at Muhlenberg College, 2 p.m.


Published in Morning Call on Nov. 28, 2013
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