Carolyn Darrach Norton Brushwood, formerly of Lawrence, died April 16, 2013 in Houston.
She was born July 2, 1921 in Philadelphia to Eleanor Halsey and Paul T. Norton, Jr. She was raised in Blacksburg, VA, graduated from Mary-Baldwin College and completed post graduate work at Columbia University.
On May 19, 1945 she married John S. Brushwood in New York City. They settled in Columbia, Missouri in 1946 when he joined the faculty of the University of Missouri. They moved to Lawrence in 1967 when Mr. Brushwood was appointed Roy A. Roberts Professor of Latin American Literature at KU. They remained in Lawrence after his retirement in 1990. She moved to the Houston area in 2009 to be near family. The Brushwoods loved Lawrence and KU.
She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, the League of Women Voters, Spanish Play Reading Group, and Zodiac. She participated in several service projects including Meals on Wheels. She was devoted to her family and participated actively in her husband’s career. She was the translator of several novels from Spanish to English.
Survivors include two sons, David and wife Chris of Sedona, AZ and Paul and wife Carol of Houston; six grandchildren, Chuck, Paul, James, John, Jenna and Julie and three great-grandchildren, Savannah, Asher and Cooper.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013.
The family will receive friends in the Parish Hall following the service.
The family suggests memorials to KU Endowment Association for the John and Carolyn Brushwood Teaching Assistantship in Spanish and Portuguese or other Charity of Your Choice.