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Carolyn Hoener GONDRAN

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Carolyn Hoener GONDRAN Obituary
GONDRAN, Carolyn Hoener

Carolyn Hoener Gondran of Austin, Texas, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, June 29, 2014, surrounded by her family. She was born on May, 13, 1960 in Newton, MA to Arthur and Margaret Hoener. She grew up in Northampton, MA where she attended Smith College, graduating with degrees in Chemistry and Physics. While in college she was an enthusiastic member of the marching band and picked up a passion for rowing which remained an important part of her life until she became ill. Carolyn continued her education at the University of California, Berkeley, receiving her Phd in Physical Chemistry followed by a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin. She worked as a materials scientist at Sematech for seventeen years where she published dozens of technical papers and made numerous lifelong friends. She left the high tech industry in 2007 to pursue her dream of teaching at Austin Community College and the University of Texas at Austin where she inspired many young people with her love of science. She is survived by her husband Chris, daughters Jessie and Ellie, brother Arthur Hoener, and sisters Irene Asija, Donna Hoener, and Ginny Hoener. She leaves behind many dear friends from the Moms & Daughters Circle, the Austin Rowing Club, the Girl Scouts, the Rollingwood Swim Team, Austin Community College, and her softball team.

In lieu of flowers Carolyn requested donations be made in her name to the ALS Association of Austin (www.als-texas.org). A reception for her friends will be held on Sunday, July 6th at our home at 2220 Tarlton Cove, Austin, TX from 1pm to 3pm. In accordance with her wishes there will be no dark suits, black dresses or crying allowed. Just come and share your memories of a wonderful lady. A private service for family members will be held at a later date. Memorials and guestbook online at www.wcfish.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman from July 4 to July 5, 2014
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