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Elizabeth A. Douglas Elizabeth A. Douglas (nee Gunn) passed away in London on March 15 from complications after a head injury. She was 71 and died peacefully in the company of her daughters and sister and brother-in-law, Eleanore and Peter Jamieson. Elizabeth was born in Xian, China just a few days before Pearl Harbor to Baptist missionaries Winifred and David Gunn. After the displacements of WWII and civil war, the family returned to Cheng-tu, Szechwan where Elizabeth and her sister attended the Canadian School of West China before returning to England for their secondary educations. She studied geography at New Hall, Cambridge, and then pursued graduate research both at the University of London, and at the Polish Academy of Sciences in 1963-1965 focusing on land utilization studies. Elizabeth's marriage to Dr. Alan I. Ross, a scholar of Russian literature, first brought her to Austin and to the University of Texas, where she undertook a doctoral program in cultural and historical geography. In 1973, she was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to conduct research in Singapore into "Historical Images in Sumatra." After teaching in the Geography Department at Michigan State University for a few years, Elizabeth left academia to take up a position at the South West Research Institute (SWRI) in San Antonio, Texas where she worked for 20 years as an editor of their publications including Technology Today. In retirement, Elizabeth traveled widely with her second husband, Dr. James N. Douglas, studied Chinese and even returned to China for a few years to teach English. Most recently, she had been working on the publication of her mother's memoir. Elizabeth, beloved friend, sister, mother and grandmother, was preceded in death by her husband, James, and is survived by her children (Alex, Hana and Eleanore) and grandchildren: Maxine, Fiona, Kate and Isabel. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 am this Friday, April 12 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Austin. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Austin's PBS affiliate, KLRU-TV.

Published in Austin American-Statesman on Apr. 9, 2013
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