Dr. Shirley Austin passed away peacefully Sunday morning, Jan. 6, 2013, in her home in Pine Ridge at the age of 91. She established the Pediatric Anesthesia Department at Detroit Children's Hospital in 1956. She was the first pediatric anesthesiologist in the United States. She retired in 1978 as chairman of the department.
Dr. Austin moved to Pine Ridge in 1981 as one of the early residents of this community. She was very active in Pine Ridge affairs, was instrumental in the transfer of management of the homeowner's association from the developer to the residents, and served as the first resident president of the association then known as Pine Ridge Service Corporation.
Survivors include her brother, Granville Austin, Ph.D., (Nancy) of Washington, D.C.; niece Madeline Austin of Gainesville, Fla.; and other nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her longtime companion, Terry Phelps, in 2003.
A celebration of the life of Dr. Shirley Austin will take place 1 to 3 p.m., in the Pine Ridge Community Center Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013.