SALEM - On January 5, 2011, Dr. Julianne "Jules" Abendroth collapsed following a seizure, and died at her North Salem home. "Jules" was an Associate Professor of Biomechanics and Exercise Science at Willamette University, having taught there since 2000.
A popular and well-loved instructor, Jules was known for her love of teaching, her close relationships with family and friends, and her love of the outdoors, especially telemark skiing, hiking, and running with her border collies, Bella and Darcy. Her hobbies included restoration and modification of classic automobiles, with Datsuns her specialty. She was particularly proud of her Hawaii Blue 1977 King Cab pickup, christened "Elvis."
Jules previously taught at SUNY Brockport and Utah State University at Logan. She earned a Doctorate from Northern Colorado University (1993), a Masters degree from University of Oregon (1988), and a Bachelors of Science from University of Colorado, Boulder (1985). Her professional associations include American College of Sports Medicine, Northwest Chapter; International Society of Biomechanics; American Society of Biomechanics; and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.
She is survived by her two daughters, Melinda and Jacqueline; her fiancé, Bill Bowers; her parents, John and Anne; her older brother, Bill; her twin sister, Teresa; and countless students from her many years of teaching. Jules is missed by all who knew her.
A memorial service is scheduled for Monday, January 10, 10 a.m. Howell-Edwards-Doerksen Funeral Home, 1350 Commercial Street SE, Salem. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests contributions be sent to Willamette University in the name of Dr. Julianne Abendroth. Online condolences at www.hed-fh.com.