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Helen L. Stewart

Management consultant and academic administrator Helen L. Stewart was born on May 21, 1943 in Lynchburg, Virginia to Lucy Juanita Hampton and James Edward Woodson Stewart. She graduated from Poitiers American High School in Poitiers, France in 1960. Stewart obtained her B.A. degree in sociology in 1965 before earning her M.A. degree in sociology in 1967, both from Boston University. She later received her Ph.D. in sociology from Brandeis University in 1980.

In 1965, Stewart began working as an independent management consultant, arbitrator, mediator, and interpreter. She began studies for her Ph.D. at Brandeis in 1967, the same year that she worked as an instructor at both Emerson College and Boston University. Stewart also taught at Brandeis in 1969 before becoming a French interpreter for the U.S. Department of State, Language Services Division. From 1971 to 1972, Stewart served as a rural sociologist with the United Nations Development Program in West Africa. From 1972 to 1974, she worked as an associate at Community-University Research Associates in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She subsequently taught at Harvard University Extension, Wellesley College, and Brandeis University, earning her Ph.D. in 1980. Stewart joined San Francisco State University in 1981 as associate dean for faculty affairs where she worked until 1988 when she was promoted to dean of faculty affairs and professor of sociology at Sonoma State University in California. In 1990, she became vice president for academic affairs and provost of Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. In 1999, she was then appointed president of the University of Metaphysical Studies, a position she remained in until 2004. In 2013, Stewart published her book, Seven Seconds or Less: From Gut Feeling to Bottom Line in Challenging Areas of Business.

Stewart has affiliations with numerous organizations, including the American Council on Education, Scientific and Medical Network, the Institute of Noetic Sciences, the American Association of University Women, Brandeis Alumni Association of Northern California, Harvard Alumni Associations of Northern California and Honolulu, the Organization of Women Leaders in Honolulu, and the World Future Society, and is a member of the Phi Beta Delta and Omicron Delta Kappa Societies. She has also served on the boards of the New Jersey Institute for Collegiate Teaching and Learning, Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management, Desert Academy, the National Urban League, The Women’s Foundation, The Chapin School, and Cambridge Montessori School.

Stewart resides in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Helen L. Stewart was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 11, 2019.

Accession Number

A2019.139

Sex

Female

Interview Date

12/11/2019

Last Name

Stewart

Maker Category
Marital Status

Divorced

Middle Name

Langhorne

Schools

Poitiers American High School

Drew University

Boston University

Brandeis University

Speakers Bureau

Yes

Speakers Bureau Availability

Depends on Schedule

First Name

Helen

Birth City, State, Country

Lynchburg

HM ID

STE25

Speakers Bureau Preferred Audience

Youth interested in international affairs, adults, military dependents, people interested in spirituality, women movement, The 1960's, business and intuitional , 1970's

Speakers Bureau Honorarium

Only if travel is required

Favorite Season

Late Spring and Early Fall

State

Virginia

Favorite Vacation Destination

Austria and France

Favorite Quote

What Goes Around Comes Around and I Live In A Safe Universe

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Hawaii

Birth Date

5/21/1943

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Honolulu

Favorite Food

Pork Chops and Spinach

Short Description

Management consultant and academic administrator Helen L. Stewart (1943- ) was dean of faculty affairs and professor of sociology at Sonoma State University and vice president for academic affairs and provost at Rider University before co-founding and becoming president of the University of Metaphysical Studies.

Employment

Harvard University

United Nations Development Program

Wellesley College

Brandeis University

San Francisco State University

Sonoma State University

Rider University

University of Metaphysics

Community-University Research Associates

U.S. Department of State; Language Services Division

Operation Crossroads Africa

Harvard University Extension

Emerson College

Boston University

Favorite Color

Neon Blue, Emerald Green, and Fuchsia

Kathryn Waddell Takara

Poet and professor Kathryn Waddell Takara was born in 1943 in Tuskegee, Alabama to Lottie and Dr. William Waddell IV. After graduating from George School in Newtown, Pennsylvania, she earned her B.A. degree from Tufts University in 1965. Takara went on to receive her M.A. degree in French from the University of California at Berkeley in 1969, and her Ph.D. degree in political science from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa in 1995.

In 1971, Takara joined the Ethnic Studies Department at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa as an assistant professor, where she developed courses in African American and African politics, history, literature, and culture. During her thirty-one year career at the university, she rose to associate professor in the university’s Interdisciplinary Studies Program and taught French. Her poetry has been published in a variety of publications including; Interdisciplinary Studies Humanities Journal, Honolulu Stories, Words Upon the Waters, The African Journal of New Poetry, Arkansas Review, Africa Literary Journal, Julie Mango Press, Poetry Motel, Peace & Policy, From Totems to Hip Hop, Hawai`i Review, Chaminade Literary Review, All She Wrote: Hawai`i Women s Voices, and World of Poetry, An Anthology. Her essays have appeared in the Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race, The Black Scholar, Multi-America: Essays on Cultural Wars and Cultural Peace, The Western Journal of Black Studies, and The Honolulu Advertiser. She performed her poetry and lectured extensively throughout the Hawaiian Islands, the Continental United States, and in Beijing and Qingdao, China. In 2003, Takara launched Pacific Raven Press, serving as its owner, editor, and publisher. She published three books of poetry: New and Collected Poems in 2003, Pacific Raven: Hawaii Poems in 2009, and Tourmalines: Beyond the Ebony Portal in 2010. She also released a poetic trilogy, including the books Love’s Seasons in 2014, Zimbabwe Spin in 2015, and Shadow Dancing: $elling $urvival in China in 2016.

Takara was the recipient of the University of Hawai’i Board of Regents Outstanding Teacher Award and was a two-time Fulbright Fellow, in 1966 and 1996. She received the 2010 American Book Award for her published work Pacific Raven: Hawai`i Poems. She was knighted into the Orthodox Order of St. John, Russian Grand Priory in 2014, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Education and African American history and culture in Hawai’i from the NAACP in 2016.

Kathryn Takara was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 10, 2019.

Accession Number

A2019.137

Sex

Female

Interview Date

12/10/2019

Last Name

Takara

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

Marie Waddell Brundage

Occupation
Schools

George School

Tufts University

University of California, Berkeley

University of Hawaii at Manoa

First Name

Kathryn

Birth City, State, Country

Tuskegee

HM ID

TAK01

Favorite Season

Spring

State

Alabama

Favorite Vacation Destination

Qingdao, China/Bordeaux, France/Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

Favorite Quote

To Thine Own Self Be True

Speakers Bureau Region State

Hawaii

Birth Date

12/26/1943

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Ka'a'awa

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Breakfast

Short Description

Poet and professor Kathryn Takara (1943- ), an award winning poet, has performed her works in Africa, Europe, Central America, Tahiti and China, and served as associate professor from the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa.

Employment

University of California Berkeley

Hawaii Pacific University

Chaminade College

University of Hawaii Lab School

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Winward Community College

University of Hawaii

University of Qingdao

Pacific Raven Press

Favorite Color

Aquamarine

Chrystine Ramsey Shack

Educator Chrystine Ramsey Shack was born on November 18, 1926 in Memphis, Tennessee. She attended The College of New Jersey where she received her B.A. degree and earned elementary education certification. She continued her education at Rider College in New Jersey where she received her M.A. degree.

In 1952, Shack became a document custodian for Project Matterhorn B, a magnetic fusion research project under the direction of Lyman Spitzer, Jr. at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. Shack was in charge of filing and transferring top secret documents at the laboratory. After Project Matterhorn, Shack went back to school to earn her Ph.D. from Rutgers University in New Jersey. In the late 1960’s, Shack began working for the New Jersey State Department of Education in Trenton. She then moved to Michigan where she worked in the Department of Vocational Education in Lansing. While in Michigan, Shack contributed a chapter to a publication funded by the Michigan Business Education Association on business curriculum. In 1981, she was named president of Highland Park Community College and was the first woman president of a community college in Michigan.

Shack has served in several capacities as a leader of The Girl Friends, Inc. including as national secretary, parliamentarian, national advisory board chair, president of the Girl Friends’ fund, national budget chair, and national president in 1978. She was profiled in the book They Made It – So Can You, showcasing her career development and was the subject of a senate concurrent resolution praising her academic accomplishments in 1981. She also served on several business associations including the United Business Education Association and chaired their Consumer Economics board.

Chrystine Shack was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 24, 2010.

Accession Number

A2010.087

Sex

Female

Interview Date

7/26/2010

Last Name

Shack

Maker Category
Middle Name

Chrystine

Schools

Florida Street Elementary School

Booker T. Washington High School

Wilberforce University

Rider College

Rutgers University

Trenton State College

Colorado State University

First Name

Ethel

Birth City, State, Country

Memphis

HM ID

SHA06

Favorite Season

Fall

Sponsor

National Science Foundation

State

Tennessee

Favorite Vacation Destination

None

Favorite Quote

None

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Tennessee

Interview Description
Birth Date

11/18/1926

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Memphis

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Seafood

Death Date

8/16/2010

Short Description

Education executive and civic leader Chrystine Ramsey Shack (1926 - 2010 ) was a member of the Project Matterhorn team at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and has served in several executive positions for the national organization, The Girl Friends, Inc.

Employment

Central State College

Hampton Institute

Bordentown Manual Training School

Princeton University

Hamilton Township Public Schools

State Department of Education

Mercer County Community College

Rider College

Rutgers University Graduate School of Education

New Jersey State Department of Education

Michigan State Department of Education

Michigan State University Graduate School of Education

Highland Park Community College

Wayne County Community College

Migrant Demonstration Schools

Trenton State College

Main Sponsor
Main Sponsor URL
Favorite Color

None

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DAStories

Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Chrystine Ramsey Shack's interview

Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack lists her favorites

Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack describes her mother's family background

Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack talks about her maternal family's roots

Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack recalls her mother's career

Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack talks about her father

Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after

Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack describes her earliest childhood memory

Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers her early experiences of religion

Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack describes her neighborhood in Memphis, Tennessee

Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack talks about the Great Depression

Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers her maternal family's grocery store

Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers her backyard

Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers her family's cars

Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood

Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers her parents' strict discipline

Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack recalls her childhood activities

Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers the Florida Street School in Memphis, Tennessee

Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack describes her early influences

Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack talks about her extracurricular activities

Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, Tennessee

Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers her early aspirations

Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack talks about her experiences during World War II

Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack talks about her decision to attend Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio

Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack recalls her admission to Wilberforce University

Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers the campus of Wilberforce University

Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack describes the tensions between students at Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio

Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers her mentors at Wilberforce University

Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack recalls her social activities at Wilberforce University

Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers the reputation of Bishop Reverdy C. Ransom

Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers her graduation from Wilberforce University

Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack describes the split between Wilberforce University and Central State College

Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack recalls obtaining a secretarial position at the Hampton Institute

Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers meeting her husband

Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers how she came to work for Project Matterhorn, pt. 1

Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers how she came to work for Project Matterhorn, pt. 2

Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers the physicists at Project Matterhorn

Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack describes her responsibilities at Project Matterhorn

Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers the women at Project Matterhorn

Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack recalls her decision to leave Project Matterhorn

Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack reflects upon her experiences at Project Matterhorn

Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers her transition to teaching

Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers teaching business courses at Hamilton High School West in Hamilton Township, New Jersey

Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack describes her graduate education

Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack recalls earning a Ph.D. degree at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey

Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers moving to Michigan

Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack describes her experiences as the president of Highland Park Community College in Highland Park, Michigan

Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack talks about her work with Shriners International

Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack recalls joining The Girl Friends Inc.

Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers her leadership positions in The Girl Friends Inc.

Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack describes the social activities hosted by The Girl Friends Inc.

Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community

Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack reflects upon her life

Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Chrystine Ramsey reflects upon her legacy

Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack talks about her family

Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack describes how she would like to be remembered

Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Chrystine Ramsey Shack narrates her photographs

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Chrystine Ramsey Shack remembers how she came to work for Project Matterhorn, pt. 1
Chrystine Ramsey Shack recalls joining The Girl Friends Inc.
Transcript
So in 1948, you went to Bordentown manual training school [Manual Training and Industrial School for Colored Youth] in Bordentown, New Jersey--$$Um-hm.$$--where you were secretary to the superintendent.$$Yeah.$$Okay. And, now that's near Trenton [New Jersey], I suppose that's where--. Now did you like living in New Jersey?$$I liked--loved New Jersey, uh-huh, um-hm. I wanted to go back there when we retired, but he [Ramsey Shack's husband, Arthur Shack] wanted to come to Memphis [Tennessee], so that's how we ended up here. I loved Trenton. I really did.$$Well, that's unusual because he's from New Jersey and you're from Memphis, but you would rather have lived in New Jersey, and he wanted to live in Memphis. So what did he like so much about Memphis?$$I don't know. I have no idea (laughter). But he, he's the one who came here, and left me working in New Jersey. And I ultimately came here. Well, it wasn't ultimately, I guess within a, before a year was over, I was home.$$Okay. Now, 1950, you were secretary to--you got a job with Lyman Spitzer at Princeton University [Princeton, New Jersey].$$With who?$$Lyman Spitzer, right, Dr. Lyman Spitzer at Princeton?$$Yes, and he was the Project Matterhorn director, the atomic energy research program [Project Matterhorn; Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory].$$Now how did you get this job? How did--I mean, how did you hear about that?$$I don't know. I guess I was the best thing coming down the pike (laughter) at that time. I was a good secretary, a damn good secretary. And I had to get top secret clearance to work on the job. And they had interviewed two or three other people, but they didn't pass the clearance procedure, and I did. And I guess, that's how, that's how I got it.$$You know, we know when we look back at that era that there was a lot of really, just ridiculous racial prejudice--$$Um-hm.$$--in the United States. And there's still some now. But, so I guess the question becomes even more so, how did, you know, how did you overcome that or--did--was it an issue raised by Dr. Spitzer or anybody else at the time?$$No, I never ran into a single ounce of prejudice at Princeton, not a one, not a one. When I went for the interview, I had no problem whatsoever until it came time for me to move into the Project Matterhorn office, and I hadn't gotten top secret clearance. And I couldn't work there without it. And I worked in another building completely from where Dr. Spitzer worked. And he would come over to--from Project Matterhorn to where I was and bring work to me there because I couldn't go into the building where they had the top secret, you know, investigations going on. But that didn't last long because they rushed through my clearance, you know. They, somehow they managed to get it going just like that. And I was cleared in a rather short time.$Tell me about The Girl Friends [The Girl Friends, Inc.]. How did you get involved? We don't know the date, but just tell me how you got involved with The Girl Friends?$$Yeah, I remember I was packing up maybe to leave--where was I? In Memphis [Tennessee]? No, I don't think I was in Memphis. I was moving to the Detroit [Michigan] area. I can tell you that. I don't know where I was moving from. And--$$From New Jersey, I guess, right?$$Uh-huh. And I had just gone into The Girl Friends in New Jersey. That's how. So when I moved, I affiliated with the Detroit group right away.$$Okay, so that's 1974 then.$$Um-hm.$$Yeah, that's when you moved to Lansing [Michigan]. So, okay. So you moved to Lansing and there was a chapter in Lansing?$$No, not Lansing. I moved to--when I moved to Detroit--$$Um-hm.$$--that's when I (unclear).$$Okay, and well, tell me, what are The Girl Friends about? What do they do?$$(Laughter) First of all, they're about fun, friendship. They do civic projects nationally, and I guess that's what they're about. They don't--they're not like The Links [The Links, Incorporated] at all where they're constantly asking for money. You pay dues in it, but whatever projects they have, the money, the financing of the projects must come from the dues that you pay. It's not an extra assessment like The Links, and they're not like The Links where they're constantly asking you for money, you know. Each chapter establishes its own national programs. They follow a pattern, it's true, but it's not a demand like The Links where you must put--participate in this paying. You must pay this or pay that. It's not that at all. It's really more of a fun group than it is--they do have projects, national projects, and they make wonderful contributions to, you know, community affairs. But they don't demand money like the other group does at all.$$Okay. So what kind of projects do--national projects do The Girl Friends work on or support?$$Scholarship programs with younger people coming along, I'm trying to think. Most of it is educational. They also have a, The Girl Friends have a Girl Friends Fund [The Girl Friends Fund, Inc.] where every chapter must make contributions to this fund, and then they invest that money in community affairs. I can't, I can't think of the many things they've done, though they do a lot of good work. They really do.