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Sylvia Auchterlonie McLaren (1918-2012) died peacefully on December 5 at her home at The Meadows. A native New Zealander, Ms. McLaren was a journalist, world traveler, good friend, robust storyteller, and revered aunt to six nieces and nephews and their respective broods. Following World War II, she spent 10 years working as a journalist for UN agencies in China, Washington, D.C., and Rome before returning to New Zealand. There she worked for newspapers in Wellington and Christchurch. In the late 60s Ms. McLaren with her elderly mother, emigrated to the U.S. to be closer to her two sisters who had both married "yanks." While living in Pocatello, Idaho she worked at Idaho State University for nine years in publications, while also earning Bachelors and Masters degrees in English. In 1974 she relocated to San Antonio where she worked at St. Mary's University for 26 years in their public relations and press office and retired as editor of its alumni magazine, Gold & Blue, in 1998. She loved discourse on any topic and with her lively wit and stentorian voice, could command the center of attention in any group. Her extended family will remember her as a wickedly eccentric co-conspirator, generous benefactor, coiner of family catchphrases, flouter of convention, and at-the-ready doler of hugs and cocktails. She is survived by her family: David Eager and son Christopher Eager, Libby Eager Farris and daughters Grace and Rachel Farris, Janet Eager Krueger and husband George Krueger and children Will and Kate Krueger, Mark Nye, Marcia Nye and her husband Mark Badger and children Justin Freer, Ashley Badger Bahney, Birch Badger Pennycook, and Claire Badger, and Jan Marcus Noorda. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
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Published in Express-News on Dec. 16, 2012