Dr. Courtney Baldwin Haviland & Dr. William Randal Shrauner
Dr. Courtney Baldwin Haviland, 1988 – 2021
Dr. William Randal Shrauner, 1989 - 2021
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Dr. Courtney Baldwin Haviland and Dr. William
Randal Shrauner on September 2nd, 2021.
Courtney and Will lived joyous lives that were full of meaning.
The deep love and happiness of their marriage was the foundation upon which they built successful careers, made wonderful friends, and brought genuine happiness to those around them. The greatest joy in their life was their beloved son, Theodore
William Shrauner, born in January 2020.
Courtney was a star student in the Farmington, CT public school system and a member of the 2005 State Championship soccer team. Her love of learning led her to attend Brown University, where she double majored in Cognitive Neuroscience and Literature and where she had the blessing of forming countless lifelong friendships.
She went on to fulfill her childhood dream of helping others as a medical doctor by attending Weill Cornell Medical College. It was during medical school that she met the love of her life, Will Shrauner.
Will was raised on a cattle ranch in Protection, KS, moved with his family to Wilmore, KY for 6th through 10th grade, and graduated as valedictorian from Deer Creek High School in Edmond, OK in 2008. He was involved in numerous extracurricular activities including Cross Country, Tennis, Stage Crew, and Senior Leadership. During high school, he was also active in his small group at Church of the Servant. Through all of his activities, studies, and interactions, Will exemplified his values of empathy, kindness, and compassion.
Will received his undergraduate education at Oklahoma State University, where he was able to fully shine as a dedicated and gifted student. In 2011, Will was named a Sir Alexander Fleming Scholar by the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, and graduated from Oklahoma State in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Physiology. In the fall of 2012, Will continued to pursue his goal of practicing medicine by attending Weill Cornell Medical College.
Courtney and Will graduated from medical school in 2016, where they were both recognized for their distinguished academic performance and leadership abilities as members of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, of which Will served as the chapter’s president. They were admitted to leading residency programs in Boston, where they moved, were married in June of 2017, and began their happy life practicing medicine, exploring the world, and spending countless hours laughing with friends and family.
Courtney was a skilled and empathetic doctor, specializing in pediatric emergency medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and, later, Brown University’s Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
Courtney could light up a room with her presence, intellect, and kindness.
She had a bright, infectious smile and a twinkle in her eye that preceded a witty joke or a generous comment. Her boundless warmth was seen in full force around patients, where she brightened the lives of the young people she served so enthusiastically.
Will was passionate about practicing medicine. He brought a calm and reassuring presence to his work. Will completed his physician’s residency and a research fellowship at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. During his residency, Will determined his path forward was in Cardiology, and began a specialized fellowship at Boston Medical Center in 2020. As a fellow, Will found great joy as an intern educator and left an indelible mark on those he helped train.
At the time of their passing, Courtney and Will were living the happiest period of their lives. Their days were spent helping the sick and injured, entertaining friends and family, loving their son, beaming with excitement for the upcoming birth of their daughter, rejoicing in their nieces and nephews, playing with their dog, Bernie, and loving each other. Selflessly, they radiated this inner joy to everyone around them.
Courtney is remembered for her easy laugh, her unmatched wit and intellect, her dimples when she smiled, her devotion to her husband Will and her joy in being a mother to Teddy.
Will is remembered for his exceptional blend of empathy and intelligence, his easy and kind nature, his humor and skill as a conversationalist, his ability to make people feel valued, and his fierce love for his wife and son.
Will easily mastered anything he set himself to. In addition to being a skilled doctor, Will was a talented amateur chef. On weekends he and Courtney delighted friends and family with carefully planned and lovingly prepared meals. It was a source of deep joy for Will and Courtney to gather their friends around the table for laughs, stirring conversation, and relaxation.
They are survived by their son, Theodore William Shrauner (Teddy); their parents, Nancy and Tim Haviland and Jenny and Randy Shrauner; their siblings, Shawn Haviland, Jordan Haviland, Justin Shrauner, Ben Shrauner, and Sarah Dunn; their brothers and sisters-in-law Sarah Haviland, Elizabeth Haviland, Linh-Vy Shrauner, Ruth Shrauner, and Jeff Dunn; their grandparents Clayton Haviland III, Ralph and Neoma Shrauner; countless nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; and lifelong friends who know Courtney and Will held them as family.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00am on September 17th at the First Church of Christ in Old Saybrook, CT. Indoor and outdoor overflow capacity will be available nearby at The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. Masks are required. The service will be livestreamed at www.facebook.com/firstchurchos
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to two charities that were important to Courtney and Will: www.reachoutandread.org www.infantcrisis.org