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Footnotes Along the Way Perfect Paperback – June 16, 2008
About the Author
Helen K. Hazard was born Helen Latham Kerr in Evanston, Il., in 1925. She contracted polio as a child, participated in an experimental program in Chicago and recovered from the disease after being unable to walk for a year. During her college summers in World War II she worked as an airplane mechanic repairing fighter planes in Coronado, Ca. After earning a B.A. in government from the University of Texas, she became a writer for the Kiplinger organization in Washington, D.C., and worked on the early issues of what became Changing Times magazine. There she met John W. Hazard. They married in 1950 and built Lark's Landing on the Potomac River in Mason's Neck, Va., where they raised seven children. In 1958, after learning the county had no kindergarten program, Helen and friend Harriet Crampton took over the charter of and re-opened the private Gunston Hall School in Fairfax County, Va. Eventually, the school became a full-fledged elementary school specializing in helping children with learning disabilities. Helen taught Greek history and remedial reading and was the school s principal and social worker from 1965 to 1979, when the school closed and its assets were used to endow a scholarship fund. Until her death in 2007, Helen served on the board of the non-profit Gunston Hall School Foundation, which provides financial aid to children with learning disabilities. Helen wrote poetry throughout her life. She also wrote children's books, including Trouble the Cat and The Beaselys.