graduate programs and their discontents

“Thank you, Helen for Lu’s obit. I have very sweet memories of meeting you and Lu at the Partridge Rd complex in Palo Alto. You two were the most interesting and accomplished women I had ever met to that date. It sounds like Lu lived an incredibly full life spanning several disciplines and careers. She was a true Renaissance woman. So sorry she is gone.   My Sincere Condolences, Eva”


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  1. lumattson Post author

    This note came from Eva Richman; she and her husband, Doug, were my neighbors during my last 2 years at Stanford and Lu’s time at USC. Lu visited me and I went down to see her in L.A. quite often; luckily for us PSA (now Southwest) offered promotional $10 flights, so a long weekend was possible. We depended on each other. It was not an easy time to be a woman in graduate study: one could be told, as Lu was, that she was not permitted to apply for a loan, and that her department chair was not writing recommendations for women. I believe that her loyalty and commitment to The Hutchins School grew from knowing that she and her work were truly valued. She refused to be rejected, too, and when she finished her classes and exams she was awarded a fellowship to go to England for her dissertation research.

    And she was accomplished. She knew how to do things. When she lived in rural Glorieta she built a Spanish-style gateway to her 5-acre “compound.” She could fix a typewriter, and from working in her father’s decorating business could do all kinds of construction. She built a Heathkit when stereo was the newest thing, and refinished an antique oak cabinet to put it in. I never knew her to sew, except for some upholstery we did, but she spoke of working in a garment factory during undergraduate summers. She could milk a cow. When she had a paper route, she delivered on roller skates, she said.
    Helen Jaskoski


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