Thoughts of Ellen
- It has taken me a while to gather my thoughts about Ellen
Johnson's death. It just doesn't seem possible. She wrote an e-mail to
me just before she left for the airport and her much-loved Asia
meetings. She was planning trips to Hawaii and Omaha, visiting
"Minnesota grandsons" and excited about the class she would teach during
I remember the first time I ever saw Ellen. It was at my
first SACC meeting in Toronto. She walked into the room and people
just gravitated to her like planets around the sun. I thought to
myself, "Isn't she special?" As I got to know Ellen, I began to
understand that what drew people to her was that she was truly
interested in them and that she understood how precious life is.
As many of you know Ellen and I became friends as roommates
at AAA meetings and some SACC meetings. We spent lots of time together
in New Orleans and had a great time having dinners with friends, dancing
in the streets and a tour of New Orleans on Sunday morning before we
Ellen was amazing at the AAA meetings. She was one of the
few people I know who managed to "paper hop" effectively and
efficiently. We would return to the hotel room after dinner and seeing
the sights with friends and she would begin carefully studying all the
paper titles for the next day and chart them in her ever-present
notebook. Every now and then that wonderful laugh of hers would ring
out and she would say to me, "Listen to this title!"
Ellen's vivacious laughter, sparkling blue eyes, zest for
life, commitment to anthropology, and love of others will be greatly
missed and fondly remembered.
Dianne Lynn Chidester, Assistant Professor
Anthropology & Sociology
Greenville Technical College
P.O. Box 5616 MS 1042
Greenville, SC 29607
"You've got to be taught to hate and fear
You've got to be taught from year to year
It's got to be drummed in your dear little ear
You've got to be carefully taught"
--Rodgers & Hammerstein South Pacific
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