May 25, 2014
Going Out With Style

This is the beginning and the end of a long memorial in todayís New York Times. Itís a paid notice, and thus not available on the paperís website, but Wikipedia can fill in the details of Dr. Bemís admirable life. The circumstances of her death were equally admirable:

Emerita Professor of Psychology at Cornell, past director of Cornellís Womenís Study Program, and a psychotherapist, peacefully ended her own life at her home in Ithaca on May 20, 2014, one month before her 70th birthday. She had been diagnosed with Alzheimerís Disease in 2010, and made known at that time her intention to end her life while she could still do so without assistance if and when the disease became too debilitating for a meaningful quality of lifeÖ

Her final months were considerably brightened by her delight with her new grandson, Felix. In lieu of a funeral or memorial service, the family met as a group with Sandra two days prior to her death to share their thoughts, feelings and reminiscences with her and each other.



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at May 25, 2014 02:47 PM
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LIkely I am just touchy, but all I could think was how glad I was that she left in her own good time in her own way BEFORE the Friday night free-for-all-misogynistic-male shoot-'em-up enthusiasts going off in the wake of the California murders.

Posted by: Syrbal/Labrys on May 27, 2014 7:31 PM
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