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Nanene Schwetman


1940 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Nanene Schwetman Obituary
Nanene Hall Schwetman Nanene Hall Schwetman was born in Houston, Texas, on July 27th, 1940, to Ike and Nanene Hall. She succumbed to illness in Austin on July 20th, 2013, at peace and surrounded by her loving family. Nan grew up in Baytown, Texas, graduating from Robert E. Lee High School in 1958. She majored in biology at Baylor University, where she played the flute in the Baylor Marching Band and met Herbert D. Schwetman of Waco, Texas. At Baylor, she obtained a BA in biology in 1962 and an MA of biology in 1967. She married Herb on June 6th, 1964, in Baytown, and their love gave them both 49 years of happiness and close companionship. From 1967 to 1970, she and Herb lived in Austin, where she taught biology at San Marcos High School. After a few years in Sunnyvale, California, she and Herbert moved to West Lafayette, Indiana, with their two young children-John, born in Austin in 1969, and Katherine, born in California in 1971. While in Indiana, Nan rose through the ranks from volunteer to Assistant Director and Director of Education for the Greater Lafayette Museum of Art. To better suit herself for this new role, she attained a BA in Art History at Purdue University in 1980. Then, in 1984, the Schwetman family moved to the Austin area, and Nan soon began to apply her non-profit administrative expertise to the fledgling Austin Children's Museum, serving for seven years as its Director of Public Relations. Here, she was an active member of a devoted group that began with a small traveling exhibit and built the museum into the robust institution serving Austin children today. In 1991, Nan began work as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Austin Symphony Orchestra, where she developed the symphony's "Meet the Maestro" campaign. She worked for nine years at the Austin Symphony, and then moved on to take an active role in the operation of Mesquite Software, a company founded by her husband in 1994. Ever a committed member of the Austin community, Nan was honored to be a member of the Board of the Austin Chamber Music Center from 2002 until her death; she served as its president from 2005 to 2007. In addition, she joined the 1991 Leadership Texas class; the Association for Women in Communications, of which she served as president of the Austin Chapter; the Austin Women's Club; and the Women's Symphony League of Austin. Throughout her life, she was an inspired and adventuresome cook, a kind, patient mother, and a devoted world traveler. Her constant attention to the needs and perspectives of other people made her a strong believer in social justice and an exemplary mentor to younger people starting out in the non-profit sector. She was preceded in death by her father, Ike Hall, and her mother, Nanene Hall. She is survived by her husband, Herb Schwetman; her son John Schwetman, his wife Krista Twu and their sons Isaac and Josiah; and her daughter, Katherine Rosen, her husband Scott Rosen, and their children Jack and Camilla; and her brother, David Hall and his wife Pamela Brown. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 24th, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. at the Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home on North Lamar in Austin, followed by a burial in the Hornsby Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Austin Chamber Music Center, 3814 Medical Parkway, Austin, TX 78756, designated for the establishment of the Nan Schwetman scholarship fund. Obituary and guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman from July 22 to July 23, 2013
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