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Eleanor Barclay Darnall Obituary


Eleanor Barclay Darnall, 88, died on December 18, 2008, of Congestive Heart Failure. She was born at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. to Joseph Rogers Darnall and Clara Clark Barclay. Her father, an Army Physician and Surgeon, was the First to Diagnose Iron Overload in a Living Person. Her grandfather, Carl Rogers Darnall, was Commanding General at Walter Reed. In 1910, in his home workshop, he perfected the method for continuous purification of water with liquified chlorine gas which is today the basis for Municipal Water Treatment around the world. The Carl Rogers Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, Texas, is named in his honor. Eleanor graduated from Monticello Junior College near Alton, Illinois. She then graduated from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she was a member of Phi Mu Sorority, with a B.A. in History. She later earned her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and began the private practice of law in Austin, Texas. Before becoming an attorney, Eleanor held a variety of interesting jobs depending on where her father was stationed at the time. She was the private secretary to the Chief of Surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She worked for the Engineer Board at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. In Frankfurt, Germany, she was the Administrative Assistant for Billeting (Housing) for the American Occupation in Germany, a position which required Top Secret clearance. She recently received recognition from the State Bar of Texas for over 50 years of Honorable Law Practice. She is survived by her brother, Joseph Rogers Darnall, Jr., of Austin; her niece, Carol Lineback Nelson of Austin; two nephews, Richard and Robert Lineback of California; and her godchildren Michael and Lauren Nelson of Austin. She is also survived by her beloved cat "Miss Pumpkin." Graveside services were held December 27 in Austin Memorial Park, Reverend Carol Nelson officiating. The family extends its deepest thanks to Dr. Michael Shapiro and his staff for their loving care. Our thanks also to Hospice Austin for their help during her final days. Memorial contributions may be made to any cause helping members of the Armed Forces (U.S.O., Disabled American Veterans, etc.) or animals (Humane Society, Alley Cat Allies).