Carin B. (Paxson) O'Brien April 28, 1940 - August 13, 2010 Carin O'Brien of San Francisco recently succumbed to cancer after almost a decade of fighting the disease. She was the daughter of Charles Paxson, and Betty Forsman, who immigrated to the US from Sweden as a child. Her parents met and married in Honolulu, and Carin was born there a few years later. The family left for the mainland in Nov. 1941 on the SS Lurline, weeks before the Pearl Harbor attack. Carin grew up in the Portland area and graduated from St. Mary's Academy High School. She attended Seattle University before her marriage. In the Sixties, Carin came to the SF Bay Area, where, as a single parent, she raised her son. She worked primarily in the banking and securities industry, and finished her career at Wells Fargo where she worked for almost 20 years. Her last position was Vice President and Manager for the Wells Employee Volunteer Program for the Bay Area and Southern California. She always felt that this job was the most fulfilling of her career, but was forced to leave it in 2003 because of her illness. Carin had an emotional connection to the Hawaiian Islands and Honolulu in particular, because of her family history. She visited there often and recently returned from what turned out to be her last holiday. Carin is survived by her son Patrick, a grandson Kevin, her brother Bryan Paxson of Beaverton, OR, and her companion, Tom Cass. There will be no service.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Aug. 22, 2010