Carol Austad

Carol Austad, M.D. died of lymphoma with complications on July 4, 2013, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. Her parents, Hugh and Gayle Campbell, and her only sibling, Hugh Thomas Campbell, preceded her in death. She was born in Detroit on May 29, 1944, and grew up in Grand Rapids. She subsequently attended the University of Michigan, where she obtained her Bachelors’ and M.D. degrees. Those studies included a year in France, sponsored by the University of Michigan, at Aix-Marseille. The day after medical school graduation in 1969 she married her classmate, Eric David Austad, M.D. He survives. In 1981 their only child was born: Nissa Kristine Austad-Reichenbach. With her husband, Drew Reichenbach, Eric and Carol were made the proud grandparents of beautiful twins, Iain and Anika, in 2010.

Dr. Austad completed her residencies in both Child and Adult Psychiatry at the University of Michigan in 1974, and worked and taught there for several years after completing her training. She subsequently completed training in both Adult and Child psychoanalysis at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. While she continued an active clinical practice throughout her life, a primary focus was upon the importance of early childhood development. She was a founding member of the Board of the Allen Creek Preschool in Ann Arbor, which began in the donated space of a local Episcopal church and grew to become a freestanding and award-winning center for understanding and improving the parent-child relationship. She continued her role as voluntary medical director and weekly consultant there until her death.

Carol was an accomplished equestrian, a love she developed as an adolescent and maintained throughout her life. In those early days she would somehow find a ride to one of several equine centers near Grand Rapids, where she would “hot walk” polo ponies for a quarter apiece or groom horses for the simple pleasure of riding and being near them. She also loved gardening and her home in one of the wooded areas of Ann Arbor led her to expertise in hostas and other shade-loving plants. As one of her former psychiatry chairmen observed, she was very adept at finding “ponies” under “piles of (manure)”.

Dr. Austad was an active and contributing member of the Psychoanalytic community, both locally and nationally, and she will be greatly missed by her friends, colleagues, and patients. She leaves behind a loving family and a legacy of humor, generosity, and hope for the future.

A private funeral ceremony was held for the family at the First Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor, where Eric and Carol were married forty-four years ago. "A memorial service for Carol Austad, M.D., who died on July 4, 2013, will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, at 7 PM on September 16, 2013. All friends and colleagues are invited".

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any gifts be made “In Memory of Carol Austad” to: Allen Creek Preschool 2350 Miller Avenue Ann Arbor, MI. 48103


  • Memorial Service Monday, September 16, 2013

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Nissa Austad

July 8, 2014

Thank you to everyone for your thoughtful and kind messages. We appreciate them all and know my mother would have as well. She was a wonderful lady and is sorely missed every day.

saeed azadi

May 10, 2014

dr austad sorry for your loss.recently you counceling book is translated in iran and tonight i see your grief. god bless your mother.

Sharon (Wallace) Clements

April 23, 2014

Dr. Austad, I'm deeply saddened to learn of Carol's passing. Prayers for courage and strength for all.

Knut & Meredith Hill

September 16, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss. Your mother was an amazing counselor and resource at Allen Creek Preschool, and helped make many of us better parents

David Greenman

August 4, 2013

I'm so sorry to hear this. Dr Austad helped me through 8 turbulent years from 1981-1989. I remember her with fondness and thanks. She was an early experience with becoming what I grew to call "mental health spa" for sanity and my emotional/mental well being.

I lost my father to Lymphoma and complications a year ago (May 2012) and I'm still struggling with his pass. It does gradually get easier once those first year markers have passed.

I had to smile a bit-she and I shared the same birthday, albeit many years apart.

Prayers are with you

Elizabeth Gray

July 22, 2013

You and Carol were my neighbors way back from Fuller Road days. She also spoke in my class at Huron -- I will remember her as poised, knowledgeable, and quietly forthright. My thoughts are with you and yours. Elizabeth Gray

July 16, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

July 15, 2013

Dr. Austad

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you and your family for comfort and healing.

Donna Karr

Andrea Jungwirth Lams, MD

July 12, 2013

Dear Eric,
I have very happy memories of you and Carol through medical school. I'm so sorry I didn't keep in touch... Our prayers are with you and your family at this time.

joyce gerber

July 12, 2013

Dear Nissa, I was so very sad to hear about the death of your mom. Please know I have you in my heart. My deepest sympathy to you, your dad, & your family. I hope you take comfort in knowing how many lives your mom impacted in a most positive way, in addition to yours. Thinking about you during this most painful time. Hugs, Joyce Gerber