Gretchen Zeiter Sliker Carries HB's Influence Vividly Through Life
"My life would be entirely different if I had not attended Hathaway Brown," says Gretchen Zeiter Sliker, Class of 1956. "What I gained was a love of learning that has followed me through the years. HB gave me a breadth of world appreciation."
Gretchen specifically credits four teachers for an intellectual emphasis that she has carried vividly through life: Miss Bruce, who taught English and the classics; Miss Blake, whose Latin class was as much a study of philosophy as it was language; Miss Wilke, the drama teacher who exposed Gretchen to a wide variety of theater; and preparatory teacher Jenny Jensen, who became a friend and colleague when Gretchen returned to HB for two years as a biology teacher after graduating from Oberlin College.
"The school has such a beautiful setting that it fosters a high standard of living as well as deep intellectual pursuit," Gretchen says. "There is true integration of style of life and mental work."
After a short teaching career, Gretchen earned a Ph.D. in psychology and spent 30 years in an independent clinical practice, from which she is now retired. She wrote a book on the normal compartmentalized personality, Multiple Mind, which was published and internationally distributed. Through the years she has supervised other psychologists, led workshops and spoken at conferences here and abroad. She and her husband, Todd Sliker, live near Boulder, Colo., and are celebrating 50 years of marriage this year.
In gratitude for her experience at HB, Gretchen has named the school as a beneficiary in her will. "We have been materially blessed and are able to give back to institutions that have been important to us," says Gretchen, who attended her 50-year class reunion and keeps up with the school's progress through various publications. "It is good to see that the quality of education that HB provides for young women still remains high."
For many, the joy and benefit of a Hathaway Brown education is a gift that lasts a lifetime. Designating Hathaway Brown as a beneficiary in your will or trust is a wonderful way to honor the value of that educational experience, while helping to make it possible for generations of young women to come. For more information on this planned giving opportunity, please contact Terry Kurtz at 216-320-8799 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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