Diana Escobedo, age 57, of Streeter, Texas passed away Friday, December 14, 2012, after a struggle with ALS.
Diana was born September 22, 1955, in Corpus Christi, Texas, to Luis Escobedo and Azucena “Susie” Escobedo.
Diana had a beautiful mind, a compassionate heart, and a generous wit. After graduating from W.B. Ray High School in Corpus Christi, she matriculated to the University of Houston where she studied Political Science and was the Student Director of Women’s Affairs, bringing noted feminists like Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, and Erica Jong to campus events. She left her undergraduate degree program early when she married Don Pullum and moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he was attending Harvard.
Diana continued her undergraduate work at Notre Dame University of Maryland. Then, while working at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in D.C., she completed a Master’s of Science degree at American University, graduating with honors in Organization Development. She continued her education, working towards a PHD at Fielding Graduate University, which was interrupted by her declining health.
Diana had an extraordinary business career. She worked in Boston at State Street Bank as an EEO consultant. Then, she led the Human Resources Department at Waltham Savings Bank in Waltham, Massachusetts. After moving back to Houston, she worked for Texas Children’s Hospital as a compensation analyst. Then, when Continental Airlines filed for bankruptcy, Diana was hired as the youngest Director of Compensation for Continental Airlines. She helped merge disparate salary structures and corporate cultures for many airline mergers and acquisitions that created, at the time, the largest airline in the world. Diana was recruited from Continental Airlines to Manor HealthCare in Silver Springs, Maryland, where she developed several incentive pay programs that improved the productivity of the company employees. Diana went to work for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in D.C. where she consulted with the regional Presidents on Organization Development matters. When she finished her master’s degree, she was recruited by EDS as a staff Organization Development consultant to the corporate controller. Then, it was on to Miller Brewing to run the Organization Development department for two breweries and later was the Organization Development manager for Ben E. Keith.
Diana was an avid lover of animals, a gardener, a dancer, a journal writer, and international traveler.
Diana is survived by her husband, Don Pullum, brother David Escobedo, sister Doris Escobedo, and nieces and nephew.
A memorial will be scheduled for early April, when the Texas Hill Country wild flowers are at their best. Diana loved flowers.
Condolences may be sent to the family on-line at masonfuneralhome.net.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.