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Ms. McCord Obituary Note


A life-long resident of central Texas, Charlotte McCord was born in Austin October 1, 1957, and left us on June 7, 2005, losing a protracted and heroic battle with breast cancer. Her parents, Mildred Obermiller McCord and Warren H. McCord, preceded her in death.

Charlotte graduated from Crockett High School in 1976. Her favorite memories included playing trombone in the marching band, directed by Paula Crider, at the Bicentennial Parade in Washington, D.C. After working as a social worker in a residential setting with disturbed latency age and adolescent children for a number of years, she returned to college, graduating from (then) Southwest Texas State University with bachelor's and master's degrees in sociology. She worked at Texas State in other capacities, and at her death was a full-time Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, where, despite large classes filled with students majoring in something other than sociology, she was an immensely popular teacher, being named to Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 2003 and 2004. A mentor to many students, she demanded a great deal from them and cared a great deal about them, the hallmark of an outstanding educator. Her absence from the classroom is a significant loss to future Texas State students.

Many of life's achievements cannot be measured in degrees, awards, or wealth. As good as she was a teacher, Charlotte was an even better friend, with an extensive and eclectic friendship circle. She knew about friendship, how to give and receive it, how to be intimate and independent at the same time. The great good fortune of her union with Tracy Collins was a product of her commitment to the bold pursuit of an examined life.

Those celebrating her life and lamenting her death include her beloved Tracy Collins and their son, Augustus McCord Collins; nephews Stephen and Christopher Hamlin; best friends Patti, Steve, Helen and god daughter Sarah Mussey, Sue and Kate Cohen, Heather Powell, Julia Kingston, Susan Day, Frances Brawner, Britt Alexius and more friends than can be listed; family members Lois and Lee Obermiller, Lois and James Goebel, Norris and Helen McCord, Bobbi Greenhaw, numerous cousins, as well as sisters Elizabeth Hamlin and Rachel White and her husband Tim. Charlotte was especially thankful for Priscilla Bridgewater, her nurse and good friend.

Charlotte, a life-long Democrat and proud American, was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church . She noted that the church, with its ritual and order, fostered a love of both during her life. A visitation will be held at the Thomason Funeral Home, 2001 RR12, San Marcos from 4 PM to 6 PM on Wednesday, June 8th. Services will be held on Thursday, June 9, at 2 PM at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Wimberley, with Rev. Jamie Bouzard offering the sermon and Rev. Dr. Carl Schoss providing the eulogy. In keeping with Charlotte 's approach to life, attendees are asked to wear brightly colored apparel, preferably Hawaiian shirts, to the service.

Charlotte established the McCord Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students at Texas State. Those wishing to provide a lasting gift in her name to deserving students are invited to contribute by sending bequests to The McCord Scholarship, c/o The Department of Sociology, Texas State, San Marcos, TX 78666.