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Duane Sandlin died in San Antonio on September 22, 2013 from multiple myeloma. He was 87. He was born in Brownwood, Texas, and he grew up and graduated from high school in Abilene, Texas. He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Hardin-Simmons College and a master's degree in psychology from Texas Christian University. He also attended The University of Texas at Austin in order to fulfill the requirements for a teaching certificate. In the era when he attended college, financial aid and student loans were not yet available, and he funded all of his education by working in the oil fields of West Texas every summer and by holding down 30-hour-per-week jobs during all of his college semesters.
In 1953 he started his career as a school counselor in the Corpus Christi public schools and continued as a counselor there for 13 years. In 1966 he became a college counselor at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, and continued in that position for 20 years until he retired in 1986. After retirement he divided his time between San Antonio, Center Point, and Kerrville. He served as a mentor in the Kerrville schools and contributed scholarships for graduating seniors there. He was also a dedicated member of the men's tennis group at the HEB Tennis Center in Kerrville for 23 years.
He shared his focus on education with his wife of 40 years, Petrea Sandlin, a retired college professor who survives him. He is also survived by two step-daughters--Cheryl Pfoff and Judy O'Kelley-- as well as two step-grandchildren and one step-great-granddaughter, all of Corpus Christi. In addition, he is survived by a sister, Pat Little, of Grants Pass, Oregon. He has willed his body to The University of Texas Health Science Center for the advancement of medical research. At his request, there will be no services.
Published in Express-News on Sept. 29, 2013