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spacee spacee Carol Forell: 1933–2015

By DEIRDRE McCROHAN
dmccrohan@thearknewspaper.com
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Carol Clark Forell, a former Reed Union School District Board Trustee, died June 16 at Kindred Smith Ranch Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Center in Novato after a period of declining health. She was 81.
Mrs. Forell started her community activism by volunteering for the Reed Elementary School Parent Teacher Association. She was elected to the school district board of trustees in 1979 and served one four-year term. In 1984, the board appointed her to an advisory committee tasked with finding ways to deal with falling school enrollment and school-district property-tax revenue.
In the 1990s, she was active in working for the approval of and fundraising for the new Belvedere-Tiburon Library building at 1501 Tiburon Blvd. She served on the first Belvedere-Tiburon Library Agency Board of Trustees for six years as a Tiburon representative, and served on the board of directors of the Peninsula Library Foundation, later renamed the Belvedere-Tiburon Library Foundation, from 1995 until about 2011.
"Carol was instrumental in the formation of a joint powers agreement with Belvedere and Tiburon and to getting the county to agree to letting the Belvedere-Tiburon Library secede from the Marin County Free Library while keeping our tax money here," said Richard Rozen, who also served on the first agency board of trustees.
After the library was built, the library foundation commissioned a book about the process of getting the library built, "First A Dream: A Community Builds a Library." Mrs. Forell worked on the committee that came up with the idea and reportedly was the driving force behind the project.
"Mom interviewed and hired the author and, I believe, edited and guided the book," said her daughter Anne Forell. "I'm pretty sure she organized the printing, binding, etc. She basically oversaw and organized the whole process. She was extremely proud of it."
Born Aug. 13, 1933, in Cleveland, Ohio, Mrs. Forell earned her bachelor's degree at Middlebury College in Vermont in 1955 and got a job at Houghton Mifflin publishing company in Boston. She eventually moved west and met her husband when both were working for the architecture and engineering firm of Reid, Rockwell, Banwell and Tarics, she as the office manager. Her husband became a renowned seismic and structural engineer. They were married in 1965.
Their first home on the Tiburon Peninsula was a waterfront apartment in Belvedere, just feet from where they moored their sailboat. They became friends with lots of the locals — mostly architects, builders and boaters — and they loved the creative and arty aspect of Tiburon, their daughter said.
A resident of Tiburon's Lyford Cove neighborhood for 47 years, she plunged into homemaking with passion and was a volunteer on many of her children's activities, including the Tiburon Sharks swim team. She was known for her children's creative Halloween costumes, cooking projects and gingerbread houses "of amazing complexity," her daughter Anne said. She was an expert knitter. She loved literature and participated in a number of book clubs.
In the 1980s, Mrs. Forell worked as an office manager for The Ark.
She and her husband, Nicholas Forell, a former Tiburon Planning Commissioner, traveled the world for his business and for pleasure.
Mr. Forell died in 1998.
In addition to daughter Anne Forell Romero of Auckland, New Zealand, Mrs. Forell is survived by daughter Katey Forell McAuley of Novato and four grandchildren, Maya and Nicholas McAuley and Lucy and Oscar Romero.
A celebration of her life will be held 2-4 p.m. July 17 at Cove House, San Francisco Yacht Club, 98 Beach Road, Belvedere. Donations in her memory may be sent to Heifer International or to the Belvedere-Tiburon Library Foundation, P.O. Box 483, Tiburon, CA 94920.

 

Published July 1, 2015

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