Carol Walsh Treadwell

Posted: Friday, October 25, 2002

Former Juneau resident Carol Walsh Treadwell, 44, died Oct. 21, 2002, in Anchorage.

Born Carol Ann Walsh on Oct. 20, 1958, in Freeport, N.Y., she moved to Alaska in June 1990 when she married Mead Treadwell. In New York, after earning a journalism degree at SUNY Cortland College in 1980, she wrote and produced supplements for national publications such as the New Yorker.

While in Juneau from 1991 to 1994, she oversaw marketing for the Alaska Marine Highway System and was appointed by Gov. Walter Hickel to serve on the Alaska Tourism Marketing Council. In Juneau she also developed a line of Christmas ornaments for the Gallery Collection, including works by Byron Birdsall, Barbara Lavallee, Ray Troll and Joanne George.

After returning to Anchorage in 1994, she founded a consulting firm with her husband. Her two-year battle with brain cancer, along with her participation in new treatments to help cure the disease, was the subject of a one-hour special edition of Dateline NBC on Sept. 6.

She was a mother and public relations specialist who was a founding board member and director of the Millennium Society, which for the past 20 years staged New Year's Eve charity balls at sites around the world, including Times Square, the Berlin Wall, and the Great Pyramids in Egypt, to benefit scholarship.

She was preceded in death by her son, John Read "Baby Jack" Treadwell.

She is survived by her husband; sons Timothy, 11; William, 7; and daughter Natalie, 6, all of Anchorage; parents Susan and Eugene Walsh of Pine Knoll Shores, N.C.; brother John (Nancy) Walsh of Potomac, Md.; sister Laura (Tod) Citron of Atlanta, Ga.; sister Betsy (Ed) Gennosa of Queens, N.Y.; and sister Donna (Tom) Schantz of Valdez; and seven nieces and nephews.

A memorial Mass of Resurrection service will be celebrated at Holy Family Cathedral in downtown Anchorage on at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, followed at the Marriott Hotel by a celebration of life.

A Carol Treadwell Fund to support K-12 science and geography education in Alaska and brain-tumor research worldwide has been established through the Millennium Scholars Program. Checks may be sent to the Millennium Society, a tax-exempt charity, at 528 N. Street, Anchorage AK 99501.

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