By News-Register staff • 

Newberg's Joan Austin, 81, dies Wednesday morning

Founded A-dec with husband, Ken, in 1964

Joan Austin, co-founder of A-dec in Newberg with her husband, Ken, died Wednesday morning, June 5, 2013, in her sleep. She was 81. Services are pending.

Wednesday morning, employees on the main Newberg campus gathered at the company's flagpoles to lower flags and hold a moment of silence in her honor. The flags will remain at half staff until after the funeral services.

A family-owned company, A-dec was started by the Austins in 1964 with a vision that revolutionized the world of dental equipment and grew the company to include a global network of customers and authorized dealers in more than 100 countries.

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