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In Memory of Carol Ann Hutchinson

by Communications Team on February 27, 2013  •   Print This Post Print This Post   •   

Carol Hutchinson

by John W. Lewis and Donald York
Ms. Carol Ann Hutchinson served as a distinguished member of the Chesapeake Chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) for more than a decade. She was a key contributor to systems engineering projects across the community. After a year-long battle with cancer, she passed away Tuesday evening, 12 February 2013. We will all miss her.
Carol served as a Senior Member of INCOSE, joining the organization on 1 September 1994. Carol contributed to nearly every job in INCOSE. Whenever anything needed to get done, she got it done and quickly. If there were papers to review for a conference, she got them done, all of them. If there were reviews for the chapter circle awards, she got those done too. She helped members learn the Systems Engineering trade. She recruited and motivated members. She chaired the evaluation committee for the Chesapeake Chapter’s Systems Engineer of the Year (SEY) award. Carol also served as the Chesapeake Chapter President in 2006. In Scottsdale, Arizona, she joined over 230 working group members and leaders from across INCOSE to work together on current projects and new initiatives at INCOSE’s International Workshop. That year our chapter won the Best Chapter Award in addition to the Gold Circle Award. Carol was a key contributor and played a significant role in the Chapter attaining those awards. Finally, Carol was an awesome technical contributor. She started her career at Bell Labs when it was challenging to be a woman in the profession and at the same time raise a family. She did it well. Since then many of us have worked with Carol on technical projects in the community. She was relentless, always a good partner.
Yes. We will all miss her.

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