Carolyn J. Drescher

Carolyn J. Drescher

Carolyn J. Drescher

Carolyn J. Drescher, 92, of Medford, Oregon, died Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at Rogue Valley Manor Medical Center. Carolyn was born to Grace and John D. Heising in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she grew up. She attended the University of Minnesota, where she received her B.A. in Business Administration. She worked for several years in the Personnel Department of the Broadway Department Store in Los Angeles.

She married Arthur B. Drescher, a geologist, in Pasadena, California, in 1941. For many years, they lived in Longview, Texas, where Arthur was instrumental in the development of Lone Star Steel Company. While living in Longview, Carolyn was active in the League of Women Voters and helped develop discussion groups, in the Hospital Auxiliary in which she was was instrumental in initiating and developing the use of volunteers in the Auxiliary, and in Great Books discussion groups which she helped organize and in which she served as a leader.

While living in San Rafael, California, she completed work for a California Teaching Credential at Dominican College and subsequently taught children with learning disabilities in Marin County for ten years until she and her husband moved to Australia, where they lived for three years. While there, they visited all the major cities in Australia in connection with her husband's work in mining and mineral exploration.

After her husband retired, and while living in Perth, Australia, they traveled to many countries in Africa, Europe and Indonesia. Upon returning to the United States, they lived in Los Osos, California, where Carolyn did volunteer work in the public schools and also learned to Braille.

When they settled in Medford, Oregon, she learned to Braille on the computer and did transcribing for the Jackson Education Service District of Southern Oregon. She also worked with children in the SMART reading program at Roosevelt and Orchard Hill Schools.

Her hobbies included the never-ending challenge of duplicate bridge in Medford and in Ashland, reading, crossword puzzles, and stitchery. She was an avid bird watcher, and with her husband, did much to foster the preservation of habitat for bluebirds in this area.

To her family she was a person with sound principles and a love they never doubted. She is survived by a daughter, Jean, who lives in New Mexico; a son, Ted, who lives in Colorado; two granddaughters, who live in California; as well as great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur; a sister, Louise Roberts; and a brother, James Robertson (Bob) Heising.

In accordance with her wishes, there will be no formal memorial service. Memorial contributions may be made to one's favorite charity as well as to various funds at Rogue Valley Manor, Providence Hospice of Providence Medford Medical Center, and the Jackson County Library fund.

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