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Doris Sease Penick Obituary
Doris Sease Penick Doris Sease Penick, 98, beloved musician and educator of Georgetown, Texas, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2012. Showing talent on the violin early in life, she developed into an accomplished player at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, LSU and Centenary College in Louisiana, UT Austin and the Fort Worth Conservatory. At LSU she attracted the attention of church organist and college teacher Robert Cochrane Penick, formerly of Austin, Texas. In June 1936 Doris and Cochrane began their marriage of 69 years. Five months of life as free-lance musicians in New York City highlighted their first year of marriage. They moved from NYC to Texas in October 1937 for a ten year period of studying, teaching and performing, with stints in Austin, Fort Worth, and Belton. Their oldest sons, Christopher and Robert, were born in Austin. Next, they lived nine years in Columbus, Mississippi. Thomas, their third son, was born there. Ultimately, the family settled in Georgetown, Texas. Doris continued teaching violin and joined the Southwestern University and Austin symphony orchestras, later focusing on her own small string ensembles instead. She also studied biology at Southwestern and became the biology lab instructor. The Penicks formed many long term bonds with students and other friends whom they invited to their home for social visits, meals, jam sessions, and gentle mentoring in music and biology. They continued their hospitality upon retiring to a rugged, Georgetown home-site overlooking the North San Gabriel River valley. Despite the loss of her beloved Cochrane in 2005, Doris carried on with charm, dignity and grace. She taught and played violin until the final weeks of her life. She was an honorary member of the Georgetown Music Study Club and a generous contributor to charities. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the American Institute for Cancer Research, 1759 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009, or other . Doris was preceded in death by her husband Cochrane, oldest son Christopher Allen Penick, and her mother, father and two sisters. She is survived by son Robert Anthony Penick, son Thomas Cochrane Penick and spouse Nancy Knickerbocker-Penick; grandchildren Daniel, Jennifer, David and Wendy; and eight great grandchildren. A private memorial service is pending.

Published in Austin American-Statesman on Dec. 13, 2012
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