Julianne Jules Abendroth

May 19, 1962January 4, 2011

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


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Russ Campbell

March 5, 2011

Sorry to hear of your loss. I met Julie in high school and though I did not know her well, her smile is what I will always remember. I feel blessed to have met Julie. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

Sharon (Allan) Morton

February 23, 2011

Knew Julianne in high school, back then we were in the same advisory class. She was a great person! I was shocked to hear this news. My condolences to all the family and her loved ones!

- Sharon (aka. Sheri) Allan Morton

Michele & Jason Heckel

February 11, 2011

We just heard of Julie's passing. We lived across the street from Julie for 10 years, and are devistated to hear of her passing. We will pray for her family, especially her girls.

Doyle Oswald

January 31, 2011

What a loss this was.


January 21, 2011

RIP. Sorry for the loss..... AJ - member of the BB list (510's)

Trey Crisco

January 20, 2011

Jules, It was only once a year, for countless years, but I always looked forward to seeing you again, hearing of all the great projects you and your students were working on, sharing fun times and playing darts. You're the kind of teacher that we all strive to be.

Vicki and Kevin Miley

January 20, 2011

Jules was a very kind and friendly person who made you feel like you had known her forever when first meeting her. She had a very joyful and wonderful smile. She will be greatly missed. My condolences to Bill and the rest of her family.

Richard Sipan

January 20, 2011

I remember her from High School, chiefly as a basketball player and joyful soul. She was a couple years behind me in High School; our paths diverged as we went to different colleges. She clearly climbed an academic Everest to earn a doctorate and become a Professor. This was most impressive person on every level -- personal, academic, athletic. This is the dimming of a star.

Brian Mansfield

January 19, 2011

I just read what happened. Jules was an awesome person. She even had me over once for Thanksgiving when I couldn't make it home. I will never forget her kindness. I wouldn't be where I am today without her.

Jennifer Saucy

January 18, 2011

I met Jules last year at the Cancer Ski Out. Her smile lit up the room. What a great lady she was. My deepest condolences.