Marianne was the co-owner of Object Innovations and provided great encouragement and support in the early days of the new company. She was an artist and not a technical person. Nonetheless she performed a number of significant tasks to help the company, including creating the baseline version of the course “Object-Oriented Programming in C#” from Robert’s book Introduction to C# Using .NET published by Prentice-Hall. She was responsible for releasing courses, which included creating the associated PDF files and performing high-level QA. She enjoyed the QA aspect, proudly wearing her “black hat” and was happy when she discovered some defect to be corrected.
Marianne was born in
She did graduate studies in psychology at
Beginning in the 1980s Marianne explored many spiritual teachings.
Branching out from a Unitarian-Universalist community, she practiced Zen
mediation, studied Theosophy and Tibetan Buddhism and enrolled in the B.O.T.A
correspondence lessons. She studied the curriculum of the Servants of the Light
mystery school, becoming a second-degree initiate. Zen was a very deep practice
for Marianne, including both daily zazen and occasional weekend sesshin
retreats. Her teacher was Maurine Stuart, who studied in
Marianne’s preferred medium for artistic expression was clay
hand-building and sculpture. Her work included lizards, frogs and other
animals, fanciful pinch pots, sculpture in a Mesoamerican or Egyptian style,
ritual pieces, and experiments in abstract angelic forms. Two of her latest
pieces were a tower based on the Tarot card and an octopus vase. Her later work
was done at Clayworks and Mint Hill Arts in
Marianne had a lifelong love of birds, and in 2011 she
volunteered to help in the rehabilitation of birds at the
Marianne died in 2012 of injuries suffered from a vehicle accident.