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Sharonn Jean Goodman Gittelsohn ’48

Sharonn Jean Goodman Gittelsohn ’48, January 20, 2011, in Berkeley, California. Sharonn earned a BA from Reed in sociology and married Alan M. Gittelsohn ’50 in 1949. They raised a daughter, Lisa, and two sons, Michael ’77 and Paul. In the late ’60s and early ’70s, she earned an MSW and LCSW from the University of Maryland, and was accepted to the Academy of Certified Social Workers. Her career in social work was inspired by experiences and values she gained at Reed, she said. She developed and coordinated the Down Syndrome Counseling Service and coordinated the intensive care nursery, both at Sinai Hospital, in Baltimore, Maryland. In the late ’80s, she made a career switch and worked for the largest real estate firm in Maryland. After a move to New Hampshire, she turned her focus toward international adoptions. Later, in Berkeley, California, she served as director of East West Adoptions. Sharonn’s interests included time with family, playing tennis, swimming, hiking, travel, and photography.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2011

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