Parks and Recreation Image

Juneau-Douglas City Museum

Eastaugh, Carol Benning Robertson

by Alison Eastaugh Browne

Carol was born in 1918. She attended the U. of Washington for two years and also attended a fashion design school in San Francisco. She married Frederick Orlebar Eastaugh in 1942 in Seattle. They had two children: Robert (1943) and Alison (1947).

Carol was musically gifted. In 1962, she wrote “Hoochinoo and Hotcakes,” an early Juneau Gold Rush musical melodrama that played for 15 years. In 1967, she wrote “Lucky for Us” a full-length musical performed in Juneau in celebration of Alaska’s Purchase Centennial. The musical was about the Juneau gold rush based on historical fact and fancy.

Carol was also active in community affairs. She served as one of three members of the State of Alaska Violent Crimes Compensation Board for 16 years and was named Juneau Rotary Woman of the Year in 1972. An enthusiastic gardener, she was a life member of Juneau Garden Club and served as its president. She taught Sunday School at Northern Light United Church, was a Girl Scout Troop Leader, and with Kay Parker, served on Juneau’s Beautification Committee. After Fred retired, they moved to the “cabin” at Auke Bay, where she and Fred enjoyed gardening and entertaining. Carol died at her home in 1999.