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Laurel V. Karg Schaubert ’44

Laurel Karg Schaubert ’44, of a stroke following kidney surgery, December 14, 1999, in Dixon, California. After attending Reed for two years, she left to marry a Navy pilot, and during World War II she worked as a medical secretary and for the Red Cross. In 1952, she began studying medical illustration at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. She completed the two year course in 1955, and then joined the staff as an illustrator for the experimental surgery department at the University. She was senior medical illustrator with that department for 16 years, during which time she also taught medical illustration and did freelance work. In 1969, with the encouragement of her second husband, she left the university to start her own medical illustration business. In 1979, she cofounded Biomed Arts Associates, in Dixon, California, with a photographer and a cinematographer. The company provided medical audiovisual support to medicine and science in all media formats. During her career, she illustrated a number of scientific books and journal articles, and she provided illustrations for exhibits, oral presentations, and for courtroom use. She was active in the Association of Medical Illustrators, serving as president in 1976–77 and starting the organization’s Journal of Biocommunication in 1974. Survivors include a daughter from her first marriage. A second daughter was killed in a car accident in 1979.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2002

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