“The Lives They Lived”

By Suzanne Gorman, Head of Downtown Campus

Our January tradition at the High School is to have presentations each day in Morning Meeting entitled “The Lives They Lived.” We take the name from The New York Times Magazine‘s annual feature by that name, which contains articles on notable (sometimes, but not always, famous) people who have died in the past year. In lieu of the poem that normally closes our Morning Meeting, faculty and staff choose a person (from the magazine or not) and read a short piece on him or her.  

“Lives” read or upcoming this month include:

  • Scharlette Holdman, anti-death penalty crusader
  • Sue Grafton, Louisvillian and mystery writer
  • Norma Leah McCorvey, Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade
  • Glen Campbell, guitarist and singer (“Rhinestone Cowboy” and more)
  • Sam Shepard, actor/director/playwright, who lived in Kentucky
  • Charles Bradley, soul singer
  • Jim Nabors, “Gomer Pyle”
  • Maryam Mirzakhani, renowned mathematician
  • Irina Ratushinskaya, poet, writer, and dissident
  • Clare Hollingworth, World War II correspondent
  • Delia Graff Fara, eminent philosopher

We love sharing with the students these stories – stories of lives well and usefully, or at least interestingly – lived!