SEDL Mourns the Loss of Carola Garcia Lemke

November 27, 2007
Austin, Texas

Laura Shankland
Communications Associate
Phone: 512-391-6556

SEDL board member Carola Garcia Lemke passed away on November 21, 2007, at Hospice Austin's Christopher House. Carola was a great asset to the SEDL board—a lively, knowledgeable presence and the perfect blend of warmth, enthusiasm, and practicality. She served on the board from November 2004 until her death and most recently served as board secretary.

Juanita Carola Garcia Lemke was born and raised in San Diego, Texas. Carola came to Austin in 1969 after graduating from San Diego High School to attend the University of Texas. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech in 1972, she went to work for the Austin Independent School District as a speech pathologist at Dawson Elementary. Wanting to expand her career options, she completed her Master's degree in Education at the University of Texas in 1978, and also received her administrator's certification from Southwest Texas State University. In 2001, she accepted employment with the University of Texas Charter Schools and served as principal of several campuses until her retirement at the end of March 2007. Carola touched the lives of many students and their parents and was a mentor and friend to many teachers and fellow administrators.

We extend our condolences to Carola’s large and loving family, especially her husband, Cliff Lemke.

Memorial donations may be made to the following organizations:
• Hospice Austin's Christopher House, 4107 Spicewood Springs Road, Suite 100, Austin, Texas 78759
• The University Catholic Center, 2010 University Avenue, Austin, Texas 78705
• SafePlace, 1515 Grove Blvd., Austin, Texas 78741

About SEDL

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