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Harriet  Ellen Buxkemper

Obituary for Harriet Ellen Buxkemper

February 20, 1928 - July 19, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 89

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Harriet Ellen Ewing was born February 20, 1928 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Dr. and Mrs. DeForrest Willard Ewing. She was graduated from West Chester High School in 1946 where she was a competitive field hockey and basketball player. She was the Junior Class Vice President and the Senior Class Secretary. She was graduated from West Chester State Teachers College in 1950 with a degree in Health Education. She received her Master of Education Degree in Health and Physical Education from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA in 1955. She attended U.C.L.A., Hardin-Simmons University and the University of Texas where she earned her Texas Teacher's Certification in 1967. She taught Elementary physical education then coached field hockey, basketball and tennis at Springfield High School in Delaware County, PA. She taught elementary physical education in the Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Yokohama, Japan and was a member of the American-Japanese Data Exchange Committee. It was in Japan that she met the love of her life, Jerome Buxkemper. After marrying on September 6, 1956, they began a life of travel and adventure. After three years, they transferred to Frankfurt Germany where they both coached and taught physical education. They travelled every Summer and visited many exotic places all over the world. Their daughter Ann Alexa was born in Frankfurt shortly before their return to the U.S. Mrs. Buxkemper joined the Huston-Tillotson College Faculty in 1967 and headed the Physical Education and Recreation Department for 10 years. She was voted outstanding teacher by the faculty and the Senior Class in 1989. She was twice selected for the Who's Who of American Colleges and Universities during her career. She retired in 2000 as Associate Professor Emerita. During her years as an educator, she was not just a teacher and coach. She impressed upon her students the importance of citizenship, civic duty and responsibility to themselves, family, friends and Country. She held memberships in the American Association of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, The Texas Association of Physical Recreation and Dance, American Association of University Professors, the National Education Association and L.A.M.P. at The University of Texas at Austin. She helped to found the South River City Citizens Neighborhood organization with her great friend Jean Mather. She and Jean worked tirelessly to shape the character of their neighborhood and their City. She campaigned for Margaret Hoffmann because she shared her vision for the future of our City, especially the preservation of beautiful oaks and heritage trees of Austin's urban forest. She served as an Election Judge in Precinct 421 for 20+ years. She was a competitive roller figure skater, seamstress, singer and songwriter. She sang with Sweet Adelines for 30 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerome Buxkemper; her sister, Ruth Cornogg; and her parents, Edda and DeForrest Ewing. She is survived by her daughter, Ann Alexa Buxkemper, Chris Maloy; nephew, Richard Cornogg, his wife Martha; and many others near and dear to her heart.

Harriet was laid to rest at Assumption Cemetery on July 26, 2017 surrounded by family.

A photographic tribute can be viewed online at www.wcfish.com.

If you wish, donations may be made to the Department of Kinesiology/Physical Education at Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon Street, Austin, TX 78702 or Faith Presbyterian Church Choir, 1314 East Oltorf St. Austin, Texas 78704.

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  • If you wish, donations may be made to the Department of Kinesiology/Physical Education at Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon Street, Austin, TX 78702 or Faith Presbyterian Church Choir, 1314 East Oltorf St. Austin, Texas 78704.

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2620 S. Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
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