In Memory

Carol Tootle (Nesler)

Carol Tootle (Nesler)

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02/24/17 03:25 PM #1    

Madeleine Fischer

Carol and I were at law school at Tulane at overlapping times.  I "wrote onto" the law review and thought I was hot stuff because of it.  Carol was assigned to edit my case note and showed me that I had a lot to learn about spare elegant writing!  I never thanked her properly, but I still use her advice in my legal writing.  I've spoken recently to Carol's sister and to Martha Little about Carol.  I was surprised and sorry to hear that Carol died of a brain tumor some years ago.  She had two children, both extremely accomplished.  She is survived by her husband,  They lived in the northwest.


03/06/17 11:12 PM #2    

May Kay (Wong)

We received this email from Carol's husband Bob Nesler:

Carol died on April 7, 2004 from a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumor, the most deadly form of brain tumor. She was diagnosed in late May 2003 and went through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. She died 10 and ½ months later. This is the same form of cancer which killed Teddy Kennedy.

Carol and I met in Washington, D.C. and were married in Christ Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Virginia, the parish church for both George Washington and Robert E. Lee, on September 10, 1983. The reception was held at Robert E. Lee’s boyhood home.

The next spring, Carol and I moved to the Pacific Northwest, to Portland, Oregon as I took a job transfer with the U.S. Department of Justice. We both loved the northwest, though it is quite different from where we grew up in New Orleans and the Midwest

We have two children – Katherine, born in December 1986, and Christopher, born in December 1990. Katherine attended the University of Denver, like her mother and Aunt Betty, a Franklin grad from the class of 1969. Katherine obtained her BS from DU and later a PhD in Biology in 2014 from DU. She will obtain her J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in May. She will begin practicing intellectual property law with a firm in Los Angeles in August. Christopher is a research biomedical engineer at the University of Texas – Dallas where he is part of a team developing new innovations in lower limb prostheses. He obtained his M.S. in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University in June 2016. Carol would be very, very proud of both, as am I.

03/07/17 11:30 AM #3    

Richard Cooper

My father also died if an inoperable brain tumor when he was fifty-three.  Apparently, Carol was also fifty-three and died of the very same thing.  My mother died of colon cancer at age 70.  I hate CANCER!

09/05/17 08:12 PM #4    

Carol Johnson (Robertson)

I admired Carol's quiet calm and poise and gentle humor while we were at Franklin. I didn't know her well but wished I had known her better. What a life.


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