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Meet The Author
Allan Carswell
Dr. Allan Carswell is the founder and president of the Carswell Family Foundation supporting community work in education and healthcare. He has served as a board member of several research institutes, charitable, and industrial corporations.

In 1974 Dr. Allan and Helen Carswell launched Optech Incorporated which grew to 300 employees serving global markets from its locations in Toronto, Belgium, and the United States. In 2015 Optech was purchased by Teledyne Technologies Incorporated and continues today as Teledyne Optech, playing an ever-leading role in the international provision of advanced laser systems.
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In 2007 Dr. Carswell served as NASA's Co-Investigator, Meteorology, for the Phoenix mission. In recognition of their groundbreaking contribution to this mission, Allan along with his wife, Helen, and other members of the Phoenix mission team had their names engraved on a silicon mini-DVD on the Phoenix spacecraft remaining on the surface of Mars.

Dr. Carswell is a recipient of the Order of Canada and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute.
Memories of the Real Helen Carswell – Beyond the Shadow of Alzheimer's
A Gift from Family and Friends – Compiled by Allan Carswell
~ Author Allan Carswell
 
Memories of the Real Helen Carswell – Beyond the Shadow of Alzheimer's is more than a book of individual recollections about an incredibly special woman, family, and legacy; it is also a beautiful story of love and hope. Woven throughout each page, we are encouraged to see past the dark times and focus on all the blessings in life instead. Memories of the Real Helen Carswell celebrates the little moments that can otherwise go unnoticed in our everyday journey. Family dinners. Baking with grandchildren. Storytelling. Fun times with friends. Laughter.

This lovely anthology follows the charming and nostalgic publication, Our Lingering Farewell – Allan and Helen Carswell, also written by Allan Carswell in honour of his wife, Helen, and their exceptional life together.

Helen has lived with Alzheimer's for over two decades and has been considered palliative since 2012. Time is more uncertain than ever, yet Helen remains quite comfortable with 24/7 care, receiving nourishment by hand, and otherwise sleeping peacefully.
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These stories are in response to a thoughtful invitation from Allan to family and friends to help celebrate their wedding anniversary of sixty-four years and Helen's birthday in June. It was more than Allan could have imagined although inevitable and very fitting, especially given all the lives Helen has touched over the years. What a sweet and moving testament. We all should be so urged and heartened to do the same or similar with our own beloved family and friends.

There's also an extraordinary memory from Mars shared in this compilation. Helen and Allan, along with other members of the PHOENIX team, have their names engraved on an archival silicon mini DVD in the PHOENIX spacecraft on the surface of Mars. It is a permanent record of their participation in the story of space exploration through the company they founded and owned from 1974 to 2015, Optech Incorporated.
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Price: $20, plus tax and shipping. 102 pages.
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