Dr. AnneMarie Elmquist, PHD.
March 29, 1921 – May 31, 2015
Dr. Anne Marie Elmquist, 94, of College Station, passed in her sleep, at the Isle at Watercrest, Sunday morning in Bryan, TX. Anne Marie was born in Vienna, Austria in 1921 to Ernest Maurice Siegel and Alice Laura Werfel Siegel. The family later resided in Prague, Czechoslovakia, until the German invasion in 1939. They left the country, on the “pretense” of going on vacation, knowing that they may never return. The family settled in Austin, TX, where her father accepted a position with the University of Texas. It was later that year, that Anne Marie met Karl Elmquist, a young professor at Texas A&M in the English Dept. since 1935. They were married in Washington, D.C. on February 23, 1943, where they both were cryptologists in the Research Analyst Division of the U.S. War Dept. After the War, they returned to College Station, where Karl continued teaching at A&M, and Anne Marie opened and managed the Bayard Kennels, raising Cocker Spaniels and Doberman Pinchers show dogs in rural South College Station. She earned 2 degrees at UT and a PHD from A&M, all pertaining to studies in Education and Foreign Languages. She taught foreign languages at Allen Academy from 1959 thru 1962, and joined the faculty at Texas A&M in 1965. Anne Marie became Texas A&Ms’ first woman Department Head in 1973, and was in that position in the Modern Language Dept. until her retirement in 1986. She was also instrumental in the establishment of the English as a Foreign Language Institute. She and others experienced and promoted the diversity of women and minorities at Texas A&M.
She shared her love of travel with her children, and continued to travel abroad, most times by herself into her 80’s. Her interest in fine arts and music was a joy to her when she was president of OPAS during the 1987-88 seasons.
Anne Marie is preceded in death by her parents, her former husband, Karl Eric Elmquist, her son, Mark Paul Elmquist, and her daughter, Judy Angela Elmquist.
She is survived by her beloved two sons, John Peter Elmquist, of Bryan, TX, James Martin Elmquist, and wife Stephanie of College Station, Tx, three grandchildren, Christy Kelly, of Houston, Michael Vance and wife Jennifer, of Bryan, TX, and Sydney Hernandez and husband, Jonathan Hernandez, of College Station, and six great-grandchildren.
Graveside services are to be held at College Station Cemetery, Saturday, June 6th, 2015 at 2:30 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, for her love of animals, especially dogs and cats, memorial contributions may be made to your local animal shelter of your choice. Expression of condolences may be made at callawayjones.com