Thursday, July 05, 2007

Article about Liz in the Missoulian
   

Brian Kahn’s essay about Liz Claiborne was published in the Missoulian Thursday.

There was mention of the Montana Heritage Project:

Their Montana Heritage Project in public schools was unique, bridging generations, and changing children’s understanding of their place in the world. Unlike many from other places, they were accepted fully as members of the Montana community.

Mainly, though, the piece is about how giving and responsible and modest she was. It talks about the incredible success of the corporation that she and Art built, and then it talks about their quiet and innovative philanthropy. It’s quite moving. At a teacher institute in Great Falls where we were surrounded by senators and such dignataries, I remember Liz and Art politely but definitely disengaging from the VIPs who wanted their attention so they could seek out classroom teachers from the Heritage Project to get up to speed on what was really important to them. We can also remember numerous times when she overcame the disease that afflicted her last years to show up at events where our kids would be—always smiling, always cheerful, always gracious.

Truly a class act. We miss her.


Posted by Michael L Umphrey on 07/05 at 11:05 PM
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