Karin R. Werness, a banker in public finance for more than 30 years whom colleagues said brought an intellectual and tireless vigor to her work, as well as a notable degree of style and grace, died last week. She was 64.

Ms. Werness last worked as senior vice president and lead banker in the Houston office of San Francisco-based Backstrom, McCarley Berry & Co., LLC. Throughout her career, she focused on healthcare and special districts, as well as civic activities that centered on the growth and development of the greater Houston area.

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