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Dr. Christine Louise Matyear Dr. Christine Louise Matyear, 64, of Austin, Texas, passed away on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at her home after her short battle with ovarian cancer. She was born on October 17, 1947 in Mankato, Blue Earth, Minnesota, to Dr. Harry William Schroeder and Shirley Boehland. After her mother's death in 1948, Chris became the beloved daughter of her father's second wife, Maria de los Angeles Melendez. After graduating from A&M Consolidated High School, Chris was one of the first seven females to attend Texas A&M University, where she met her future husband, Arthur Leslie (Skip) Matyear. They were blessed with two daughters, and spent five years living internationally. After returning to the United States, Chris resumed her academic career, completing her B.A. in Humanities (1979) and her M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (1985) at the University of Houston-Victoria, then continuing to complete her Ph.D. in Linguistics (1997) at The University of Texas at Austin. Chris has always loved teaching and started her teaching career as a young mother, heading up the La Leche League in Corpus Christi, providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who wanted to breastfeed. She also worked as a substitute teacher in the public school system. After co-founding the family printing business in 1982, Chris returned to teaching as a Lecturer, Visiting and Adjunct Instructor at the University of Houston-Victoria. She started working for The University of Texas at Austin in 1992 in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department, first as a Research Associate, then as a Lecturer, and finally as a Senior Lecturer until shortly before her death. She also taught online courses through NOVA University and University of Nebraska. She was a devoted and exemplary educator, respected and loved by her students and colleagues. She was a wonderful mentor to many students and enjoyed giving her time and experience to the student members of NSSHLA at The University of Texas. Chris had a wonderful joie de vivre. She enjoyed traveling and competitive shooting with her life companion of ten years, George Richard (Dick) Polk. She was a self-proclaimed cat-lady, techno gadget-freak and a delightful Grandmother to her four grandchildren. In addition to her devoted companion, Dick, Chris is survived by her daughters, Laura Matyear Florence and her children, Brynne and Connor, Jennifer Matyear-Hillhouse and her husband, Dobbins, and their children Jocelyn and Jackson, and her brother Dr. Harry W Schroeder, Jr. and wife Dixie. She is also survived by her nephew Harry W Schroeder, III and wife Isabel, nieces Elena Schroeder and Jeanette Schroeder. Chris also leaves behind many long time close friends who loved her dearly. The family wishes to thank their long time internist and friend, Dr. Scott Ream, as well as Dr. Ellen Blair Smith of Texas Oncology and the doctors and staff of Seton Hospital and Hospice Austin. Friends, students and colleagues are cordially invited to a reception celebrating her life on Monday October 29th, 2012, 7pm, at Texas Women's Federation of Clubs Mansion. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to NSSLHA - Dr. Christine Matyear Memorial Fund (payable to NSSLHA), c/o Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, 2504 Whitis Ave (A1100), Austin, TX 78712-1074, Hospice-Austin, Caringbridge.org, or .

Published in Austin American-Statesman from Oct. 21 to Oct. 28, 2012
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