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Carol Anne Woodburn Cockrum

1938 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Carol Anne Woodburn Cockrum Obituary
March 19, 1938 - November 12, 2017 Carol Anne Woodburn Cockrum, 79, died peacefully in San Francisco on November 12, 2017. Carol was born in Glendale, CA, in 1938 to Juanita and Bert Woodburn. As a young girl, Carol loved to dance, camp and participate in scouting. Along with her brother, Elliott, she lived in San Gabriel until she graduated from Alhambra High School in 1956. Carol loved her time at Stanford University, where she graduated with a degree in History in 1960. After one year in the Harvard Radcliffe Program in Business Administration, she married and moved to Chicago. Carol worked for IBM as a systems analyst in Chicago and New York from 1961 to 1965. After her daughter, Catherine, was born, Carol continued to work for Salant Corporation in New York until 1968 when her son, William, was born. The family moved to Palos Verdes in 1971 and Brentwood in 1973. Carol finished her MBA at UCLA Anderson School of Management in 1976. From 1976 to 2000, Carol was a trailblazer for women in business - holding senior finance and operations management leadership roles in a several Los Angeles investment, real estate, and legal firms. Beyond her professional accomplishments, Carol worked actively on behalf of several children's charities and promoted international study as a way to increase global understanding. In addition, Carol devoted time to the Stanford Professional Women's Association as well as fundraising for Stanford University. In 2001, Carol moved to Semiahmoo, near Blaine, WA, and married again. In 2010, Carol moved from Washington to Pasadena, to live near her son and his children. Later, in 2013, Carol moved to a memory care community in San Francisco, close to her daughter and her children. Throughout her life, Carol sought to increase her understanding of the world around her, by reading extensively and travelling to over 55 countries and Antarctica. Carol's love of dance, music and musicals found her often attending live performances and listening to music. Carol's early love of the outdoors and camping translated to playing tennis and skiing as an adult. She regularly played tennis in Los Angeles in the '70s, '80s and '90s and continued playing until recently in San Francisco. Her 40 years of visits to Vail, Colorado - in both the summer and winter - were a highlight for her. Carol was a devoted daughter with a focus on helping her parents later in their lives. She also relished the time she spent with her children and grandchildren. Carol's appearance was characterized by a broad smile that welcomed friends and family. Her curiosity and adventurous spirt are missed by those who knew her. Carol is survived by her two children, Catherine Cockrum Dean and William M. Cockrum, IV and her five grandchildren, Chloe and Will Cockrum and Sarah, Thomas and Emma Dean. A memorial has been planned. Please contact [email protected] or [email protected] for details.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 11 to Jan. 14, 2018
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