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Ann Elizabeth Rundell

Ann Elizabeth Rundell, Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University, West Lafayette, passed away March 30, 2016. She was 49.

Dr. Rundell spent 16 years on the faculty at Purdue University. Her research work was in integrating mathematical modeling, systems analysis, and control theory directly with experiments on cellular and physiological systems. She was an active and visible member of her research community, including service on the IEEE Control Systems Society Board of Governors. She received the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in 2009, and was elected a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in 2016. Dr. Rundell was also a leader and role model in engagement and service at Purdue, playing a critical part in developing the undergraduate BME curriculum, and was honored with the 2015 Purdue engineering college-wide Faculty Award of Excellence for Engagement and Service.

Born in Silver Spring, Maryland to parents Virginia Holland Rundell and Clark Rundell, she moved to Maine in 1975 and graduated from Bonny Eagle High School in Standish, Maine. She earned a BSEE from Penn, and MS and PhD degrees from Purdue, and worked for three years at MIT Lincoln Laboratory before joining Purdue.

Ann loved nature and the outdoors. When she wasn't playing outside with her son Ashwin, she could be found running, hiking, biking, skiing, playing tennis, camping or canoeing. Her favorite place to "play" was their Cranberry Cottage on Little Sebago lake in Maine. Ann will be remembered as a dedicated and conscientious teacher, a warm and generous colleague, a caring and thoughtful mentor, and a wonderful daughter, wife and mother.

Dr. Rundell is survived by her husband Venkataramanan (Ragu) Balakrishnan, their son Ashwin, her parents Virginia and Clark, and her brother Lee. There will be a celebration of her life at West Lafayette, IN, at a later date. Donations in Dr. Rundell's memory can be made to the American Cancer Society.

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March 1, 2017
December 10, 2016
My sincere condolences to Dr. Rundell's family and friends. I only just learned of his sad news which is a great loss both to those close to her and to the academic community to which she contributed so greatly.
Judy Day
August 5, 2016
When I started the PhD program at Purdue, I was in an office of 12 or 14 people and Ann was in that office. She was everyone's friend with her friendly personality and loving character. She not only was a breath of fresh air to all of us, she helped us all to breathe while we faced challenges and when we celebrated the victories. She exemplified what a dear friend is all about. I will never forget her because she was that person whom was such a blessing from Heaven. To her husband, son, parents and family, you have my condolences. May God grant you his peace and comfort your hearts.
Tony Will
Anthony Will
June 9, 2016
I worked with Ann for many years. She was a staple in Biomedical Engineering. It was an honor working with her. My condolences to the family.
Amy Peterson
April 13, 2016
I'm very saddened to see this. Dr. Rundell was a wonderful mother, educator, mentor. She will be missed.
Nancy Smigiel
April 11, 2016
Ann was an important part of my life and saw me through many ups and downs. It's a special thing to find a true friend that celebrates you and makes you better. I will miss her deeply and will always remember her sense of humor, her sense of fun, and her generosity.

Our sincerest sympathies to her family, her husband, and son.
Michelle Mathur Maranowski
April 9, 2016
Ann was a good friend during graduate school. Together with other friends we played tennis in the summer, went to lunch and dinner often, attended women's basketball games, held parties and even organized the first ECE Gala. Without her friendship graduate school would have been a far duller affair indeed. Her smile and laugh were contagious and she was so gifted at creating a community out of a group. Our condolences to her family and all her friends.
Brian Atkins
April 9, 2016
We are so sad to hear of your loss. Ann was a big part of our life while she was in High School and beyond. In fact our daughter, Emily Ann Hopkins is named for her. We have many fond memories of Ann playing tennis at Bonny Eagle.

Jeff and Diane Hopkins
Jeff Hopkins
April 9, 2016
I was sorry to hear of Anne's passing. I forwarded her obituary to my son Michael, who graduated from BME a few years ago. He remembered her as an educator who truly cared that her students did well. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Chip Blatchley
April 8, 2016
Dear family - I was a student in one of Dr. Rundell's classes. She took an interest in each and every one of us. She supported and encouraged us and I probably wouldn't have gone to grad school without her encouragement. She took the time to make sure we understood what we were learning and when she discovered a gap in our knowledge, she catered the class in order to teach us. I wanted to let you know what an influence she has had on me and probably many others. I am so sorry for your loss.
Laura Nygard (Buckenmeyer)
April 8, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. I remember Ann playing with Amanda Pendleton in the neighborhood, her beautiful smile and pretty blonde hair!

Bill and Susan Moses
Bill Moses
April 7, 2016
We are so sorry to hear of Ann's passing. She is a wonderful memory of the many Hearthside children that we have been able to watch grow up and become outstanding adults. She was always such a lady and so sweet. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Rundell family.
Janice & Paul Brawn
April 6, 2016
Dalia Mockiene
April 5, 2016
April 4, 2016
Thoughts and Prayers go out to Ann's Family! I spent four years with Ann at Bonny Eage- we had many classes together! She was a great person so full of life! She will be watching over us❤!
Laurie Cressey
April 3, 2016
Such a special life! I will never forget the love she showed to her family. She was a wonderful and special combination of wife, mother and academic. Are deepest sympathies.
The Cauley family.
April 3, 2016
It's those who leave you with so much that are so hard to lose
But their loss is a time to reflect on their legacy and choose
Choose a purpose for yourself that honors others as they honored you
Giving others the respect and appreciation with which they showered you

It's not how close you were or how long you had spent
It's how long they stay in your thoughts after they have went
Memories are not always about how long you've known a friend
It's all about how they've touched your heart, how they've helped you mend

The faith they put in us has made us stronger every day
It gives a sense of passion and wonder for each step of the way
Wonder about how to grow the legacy that they left behind
And how to impact others with the same feelings in kind

The number of lives we impact and the magnitude of each
It defines how each of us is remembered, how far our actions reach
Many define life by the individual breaths we take
But life becomes eternal by the number of breaths you help others create

Those we continue to remember, made the most of every breath
Teaching students by showing care or helping those who battle death
Even when they themselves live a hardship of their own
One that challenges the breaths they take and their ability to carry on

They refuse excuses to not fulfill their purpose
They walk into the classroom with a smile on the surface
Even if the pain inside is too much to bear
They see it as a chance to show others how much they care

It's unbearable to think sometimes that they're no longer there
When we need their help or have a question, we can't just talk and share
But it's times like these when we realize how much we actually know
Because of all the times we asked and never heard them say no.

It's hard to end a thought like this about someone we love
But the thought will never end if it's fueled with admiration and love
It's our turn to pursue a legacy that sets each of us apart
Remembering that it's not how long, but how deep you touch a heart

In loving memory of Ann Rundell who was a mentor, teacher, colleague and friend to me at the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering. She has left a lasting impression on everyone around her and dedicated her career to educating others with the highest level of dedication I have witnessed.
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