Congratulations to Susan Ohanian whose letter to the editor appeared in the “Opinion Section” of the New York Times on December 2. Responding to regular columnist Maureen Dowd’s “moving piece on her (father) Poppy,” Susan wrote about her own father, saying that he was the son of a failed New Mexico cattleman, and as such he stayed out of school every other year in order to earn money to support his family. He became a reliable gravedigger and was offered a full-time job as a cemetery manager. Susan says, however, that he refused because he felt he should finish high school. Susan’s letter shows how journalism can contribute to readers’ understanding of the range and intimacy of individuals’ personal histories.
Sympathy is extended to family and friends of Joan Olson who passed away at the Arbors in Shelburne November 27 at the age of 79. Joan and her family lived in Charlotte for 31 years beginning in 1972. Her husband, James, survives her along with two sons and a daughter whose families are spread across the country. Her family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations in her memory be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 300 Cornerstone Drive #130, Williston, VT 05495.
Sympathy is extended to family and friends of Jeanne T. Ladue who passed away at Wake Robin in Shelburne on November 8 at the age of 90. Her surviving family includes her daughter, Jan Sudbay, and Jan’s husband, Larry, of Charlotte. The family asks that those wishing to make memorial donations in her name consider doing so to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Drive, Memphis, TN 38105.