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Gretchen Sophia Herrmann Runge, MD

Obituary for Gretchen Sophia Herrmann Runge, MD

February 15, 1924 - May 9, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 94


Dr. Gretchen Runge, age 94, passed away on May 9, 2018 in Austin, Texas. She was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan to Dr. George Herrmann and Anna Williams Herrmann.

Dr. Runge spent her early years in Waveland, Mississippi, New Orleans and Galveston, Texas. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with honors (Phi Beta Kappa), she received her MD degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch, where she was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. In 1947, she married the love of her life, Dr. Thomas M Runge; they were true partners in life. Dr. Runge completed her training in pediatrics at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and additional training in developmental pediatrics at the Blue Bird Clinic in Houston, Texas.

She was a developmental pediatrician who gave generously of her skills to the children and families of Austin. She loved medicine and was dedicated to her family and to helping children and young adults with developmental disabilities. She was loved by many for her kindness, her ready smile and her willingness to listen. She will be missed.

Dr. Runge was pre-deceased by her husband of 59 years, Dr. Thomas M Runge as well as her sister, Dr. Georgeanna Herrmann Greer and her brother, Dr. George Henry Christian Herrmann. She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Pamela Runge Wood, and sons Dr. Marschall S Runge and Dr. Val M Runge, as well as 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 16th at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel at Westminster Manor, followed by a reception in Harris Bell Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: the Reach out and Read Program at CommUnity Care East (East Austin Health Center) c/o Dr. Tara Greendyk, 211 Comal St, Austin, 78702 (512)978-9200; or "Friends of the Austin State Supported Living Center" (

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