Carl Brandauer
1924 - 2016
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Carl Martin Brandauer died peacefully on October 22, 2016. He was born in Beijing, China on October 23, 1924 to Lucy Dewey and Wolfgang Brandauer. Carl spent most of his childhood in Austria. The family moved to the United States in 1938 where Carl attended the Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs, CO. In 1943, he joined the 10th Mountain Division and was eventually deployed to Italy where he was awarded both a Purple Heart and a Silver Star. After the war he spent two years teaching climbing and skiing for the U.S. Army in Colorado Springs. In 1947 he entered Columbia University where he earned his B.A., M.A. and PhD in Experimental Psychology. From 1954 to 1982, Carl worked for Haskins Labs, Bell Labs and NCAR. He then founded Daemon Associates specializing in Unix and C language programming and training. Carl was a member of the American Alpine Club, the Sierra Club and President of the Colorado Mountain Club during the late 1960s. In 1948, Carl married Diane Marie Labalme. They had two children, Peter and Aline. He married Nancy Ellsworth Spackman in 1969 after meeting her on a Sierra Club trip that he was co-leading in Colorado's San Juan Mountains. Carl had a very deep voice and wry sense of humor. He was fascinated by any scientific question and used his razor-sharp analytical skills in many fields from psychology to systems analysis. He loved the outdoors and he spent many days with his family and friends, hiking, climbing, skiing and sailing. With his wife, Nancy, a malacologist, he developed a passion for the South Pacific and its environmental challenges. Carl's voice in the world was one of reason and tolerance and he instilled in his children the sense that one must work for social justice. He is survived by his and Nancy's six children, Peter Brandauer (Dianne), Aline Brandauer Sloan (Charles), John Spackman (Marion Wells), Tom Spackman (Laurie), Jennifer Anderson and Phoebe Clemens along with grandchildren Peter Brandauer, Lucy Brandauer, Tyler Sloan, Sarah Sloan, Theo Wells-Spackman, Toby Wells-Spackman, Eric Spackman, Julie Spackman, Emeline McHugh and great-grandson, Jack Brandauer. In accordance with his wishes, there will be no memorial service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: The Boulder County AIDS Project, 2118 14th Street, Boulder, CO 80302

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Published in The Daily Camera on Nov. 27, 2016.
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December 2, 2016
I knew Carl at Bell Labs in Denver when we were in the same physical design group. He was the resident psychologist and was involved in user interface design.

I didn't appreciate at the time all the other aspects of his life including his Army service and his hiking, climbing and skiing activities.

I remember seeing him in Boulder many years later with a broken leg. I assumed it was caused by a climbing or skiing accident. He disgustedly informed me that he had slipped in a parking lot.

He was a remarkable man and contributed in many ways during his life through science, his military service and his outdoor leadership. He was a very good one!
Richard Davis
November 29, 2016
Carl, like my father, was a 10th Mtn Division ski instructor at Camp Hale in WWII. These two men both earned Silver Star for their injuries and heroic actions at Riva Ridge in northern Italy in May 1945. Though Carl did not know my father, he was very kind to me and shared his trove of 10th Mtn mementos with me. I learned from a book of Carl's that my father (from Laramie Wyoming who died in 1959) beat Olympian Pepi Steiger in a ski race in 1944 at Camp Hale. Carl remembered that race. - a guy from Wyoming skiing faster than the famous Austrian skier. Thank you Carl for sharing your memories, your sense of humor, your home and your time with me. You brought my dad back to life for me. My sincere condolences to Nancy and your kids. I'll always remember Carl and his stories of the war and his mentoring of my friends at CU as a graduate student advisor... what a legacy he has left for us all!
Stephen Strand
November 27, 2016
My condolences to Aline and the entire Brandauaer family . What an incredible legacy Carl leaves behind with his concerns for the environment, tolerance and social justice.
Paul Spruell
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