Condolence & Memory Journal

Dr. Lagowski was a great inspiration to myself and others. She was so kind and genuinely cared for each us, even as lowly undergrads. We kept up for years and she always remembered me and asked me about my wife and children by name. I can truly say that she was one of my strongest motivations for going to med school. Very fond memories of wonderful person. I aspire to be like her.

Posted by Joseph Kraft - College Station, TX   April 01, 2019

So very sorry to hear that Jeannie, such an inspiration and brilliant scientist has passed away. Sending heartfelt sympathies.

Posted by Eleanor Forrest - Santa Ana, CA - Family Friend   September 18, 2018

Jeanne was one of the first professors I had when I returned to school at age 40. She encouraged me, she helped me and gave me confidence that I could do well in pursuing my degrees in zoology. She was an outstanding teacher and a wonderful friend. I was very happy to renew our friendship during the past few years when we saw each other frequently at musical programs. I will very much miss seeing her and talking with her. Nan Hampton, friend, Austin, TX.

Posted by Nan Hampton - Austin, TX - Friend   September 17, 2018

Jeanne was a most exceptional person. She was a successful scientist at a time when science was not an easy path for women. As a preclinical advisor, she mentored thousands of undergraduates, shepherding them in a direction that she believed would be the most rewarding for them. She was a consummate teacher. She earnestly and diligently combed over her exams for possible errors, and listened intently to students' concerns. Above all, Jeanne was a judicial, fair, and conscientious soul. She had a passion for music; Jeanne and Joe were members of the symphony orchestra for years. They owned a grand piano. She loved her husband and cared for him unconditionally when he was afflicted with illness, remission, and then illness again. Some may not know that Jeanne had a sparkling wit and personality. But in addition to being brilliantly smart, she held a quiet appreciation for fashion and art. I think that was the musical side of her. I will miss Jeanne dearly. I wish I could have been there for her more these past years. The world has lost an inspiring human being-- some would say an angel, although Jeanne would laugh at that. I, for one, will miss Jeanne Lagowski for a very, very, long time. She was a kindred spirit who I am not ready to let go.

Posted by Rebecca Brown - New York, NY - Friend   September 14, 2018


Jeanne was so humble and loved her students. I worked with Joe on "Project Teach", a video and written program to help Teaching Assistants learn to teach more effectively. They were both so kind and provided a lot of mentoring. I know she will be missed by many colleagues and students.

Posted by Karron Lewis - Austin, TX - Friend   September 14, 2018

Jeanne was a wonderful colleague and friend. I especially appreciated her wisdom, candor, kindness, and compassion to students, colleagues, and friends. As a faculty member at UT Austin I observed the magic that she worked as she gave no-nonsense advice and guidance to undergraduate students. Last year she went to Mason, TX for the memorial service of my beloved husband, whom she had known chiefly when he was a UT student. Jeanne was a remarkable woman. I am honored to have had her in my life.

Posted by Martha Zúñiga - Santa Cruz, CA - Friend   September 14, 2018

Jeanne was one of the very best - may her memory be eternal.
Cassandra Flambouras

Posted by A friend   September 14, 2018

I worked with Jeanne for over 15 years, side by side helping students study abroad. She was an inspiration to me and a great mentor for hundreds and hundreds of UT Austin students. She will be dearly missed. Sincerely, Heather Thompson, Director of Study Abroad, UT Austin

Posted by Heather Thompson - Austin, TX - Coworker   September 13, 2018

She and her husband were wonderful people and teachers for thousands of students over their decades at UT. She was responsible for more students getting into health professions over her more than 35 years at UT than any other person or Texas college or university combined and very possibly in all of Texas history. She was gracious and kind and, incredibly, remembered details about my entire family whenever I visited her while on campus to see my UT children. She will be greatly missed but always remembered very fondly by this doctor and, I'm certain, hundreds of others.

Posted by Neal Johnson - Austin, TX - Student   September 13, 2018

What a wonderful person Jeanne was. I had the pleasure of working with her on various projects at UT. She was so devoted to students and worked diligently to improve their UT experience. I treasured her friendship and will deeply miss her.

Posted by Melvin Oakes - Austin, TX - Coworker   September 13, 2018

Sending prayers & condolences.

Posted by Robert Riess - Austin, TX - Friend   September 13, 2018