Pauline Chakeres

PAULINE ANNETTE MIAN CHAKERES 72, of Santa Fe, NM passed away on Sunday, March 31, 2013, from natural causes. She was born in Salem, Massachusetts on April 20, 1940, the youngest of three daughters to French sculptor Aristide Mian and American writer Mary Shipman Mian. The Mian family lived in Nyack, NY until the end of the war before moving to Meudon, France, where Pauline spent her grade-school years. Pauline returned to the U.S. in 1953 to join her sister, Amie, and Shipman cousins at Radford School for Girls in El Paso, TX, from which she graduated in 1957. Her parents soon followed, and she spent summers and breaks in Santa Fe at their house at 580 Camino del Monte Sol. Pauline graduated Cum Laude from Radcliffe College in 1961 and then earned her Master's Degree from L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. She then worked as a secretary for the French writer Romain Gary and his wife, the actress Jean Seberg. While in France, she also took painting lessons from Georges Capon. Returning to the U.S. in 1967, Pauline worked for the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. She was an expert on European and NATO issues, drafting reports and speeches for members of Congress. She received numerous commendations for her work before quitting her job in 1976 with the birth of her first son. Pauline and her family returned to New Mexico in 1979, and she lived in Seton Village, outside of Santa Fe, until her death. A talented painter in her own right, she was a true lover of the arts. She was passionately interested in national and international affairs, enjoyed crossword puzzles and watching wildlife, and gave her time volunteering for the Santa Fe Chapter of the Blue Star Mothers. Pauline will be remembered by her many friends for her keen intellect, warm generosity, honesty, devotion to her children, mischievous sense of humor, and quiet inner strength. Pauline is survived by her three sons, Chris, of Santa Fe; Nat and wife Almea, of Washington, D.C.; and Jon, of Parsburg, Germany. She is also survived by her husband, James, of Santa Fe, and her sisters, Miki Garland, of Washington, D.C., and Amie Economopoulos and husband Basil, of Bethesda, MD, as well as her nieces and nephews: Kate Garland of Kansas City, MO; Elias Economopoulos of Bethesda, MD; Aris Economopoulos of Jersey City, NJ; and Beka Economopoulos of Brooklyn, NY. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 14, at 3:00 p.m. in the Seton Village plaza. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Pauline's honor to the Wildlife Center of Espanola (, P.O. Box 246, Espa�ola, NM 87532) or the Santa Fe Chapter of the Blue Star Mothers (P.O. Box 6025, Santa Fe, NM 87502-6025).
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900