Carolyn Kingsolver Purvis |

Carolyn Kingsolver Purvis

The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

Carolyn Kingsolver Purvis died at her home in Snowmass Village on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 with her family at her side.

She was born to Charles H. and Margret Yavorsky Kingsolver on Sept. 20, 1946 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Shortly thereafter, her parents moved to the Washington D.C. area, where she grew up. She graduated from Cornell University in 1968 and subsequently earned her master’s and doctorate degrees in physics from the University of Washington and Case Western University.

For more than 25 years, she served NASA as a research scientist and program director, receiving numerous commendations for her work in space craft charging, including the shuttle program. She moved with her family to Snowmass Village in 1998, where she enthusiastically pursued skiing, hiking, the understanding of Mother Earth and community service.

She is survived by her husband Bob, daughter Kelly and son Spencer, as well as her father, brothers John and Joel Kingsolver, and her sister Cynthia Gittinger. In addition, there are four nieces and nephews she knew affectionately as “the cousins.”

A celebration of life gathering will be held at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies at Hallam Lake in Aspen on Dec. 4, 2011 at 3 p.m. The family suggests that any memorial contributions be made for the benefit of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies; 100 Puppy Smith St.; Aspen, CO, 81611 or a cause you favor.