Maria Conceicao (Sao) Carvalho passed away on the morning of June 28, less than a month before her 65th birthday, at her home in Princeton New Jersey. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, and her determination to live her life fully despite this impressed everyone involved in her care, and indeed, for most of this time, until very recently, she appeared to have the upper hand in the struggle.
She was born in Aveiro, Portugal on July 24, 1956, the only child of her parents Joanarosa Marques Vieira and Jose de Oliviera Carvalho. She grew up in Lisbon, and attended the University of Lisbon, beginning her university studies shortly before the April 25th revolution in 1974, a cause she strongly supported. She earned her first degree in Mathematics in 1978, an equivalent of a Masters Degree, and earned her PhD in 1990, also from the University of Lisbon, but with some of the research done at the University of Bielefeld in Germany. She was active in research, with papers published also in 2021. She was well known for her contributions to Kinetic Theory, and was frequently invited to international meetings, and she was also an organizer of such meetings. She had many other interests, arts. music, photography, fashion, the out-of-doors, and fine cuisine -- she was an excellent cook. She married her husband, Eric Carlen, in 1998, and became a resident of the United States, first living in Atlanta, and then since 2007, in Princeton. Though her father passed away in her teenage years, her mother celebrated her hundred and first birthday on May 17, 2020, before passing away in November 2020. A devoted daughter, she and her husband traveled frequently to Portugal up through the eve of the pandemic, and she maintained close friendships with many friends she had known since childhood, and easily made many important new friendships through her life, so that she is very sadly missed by many people on both sides of the Atlantic.
She is survived by her husband, and a closely-knit circle of cousins and their children and grandchildren in Portugal.
A memorial service celebrating her life will take place at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home in Princeton New Jersey, July 23, 11 a.m. A religious service, during which her ashes will placed in the family monument in Aveiro, is planned for August.
Memorial donations may be made to support breast cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital.