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Foundation Fridays: Meet Mary LeFever!

Untours Foundation

March 2, 2012 by Elizabethkillough

All of our foundation board members are amazing, of course, and that includes Mary LeFever, who first met Hal and Norma when her husband, Harry, taught with Hal at Springfield High School in southeastern Pennsylvania. When Hal and Norma formed the UnTours Foundation in 1993, they asked Mary to be a founding board member. Mary appreciates how the foundation provides low-interest loans to entrepreneurial individuals or groups, who would not otherwise qualify for loans.

Here’s more on Mary……..

Favorite book:  CALL ME ISHMAEL, STILL:  Selected Poetry by Harry Lewis Le Fever [Elizabeth’s note: contact me, if you want to buy a copy!]

Favorite children’s book:  The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Childhood ambition:  to have my own nursery school and a dog kennel

Indulgence:  dark chocolate

Biggest challenge:  the long good-bye journey with my beloved Harry and his frontal temporal dementia

First job:  waitress at the Hawthorne Inn in E. Gloucester, MA summer of 1950

Last job:  UnTours member of the Swiss team!

Soundtrack of your life:   “What a Wonderful World!”

Animal friends:  2 dogs in Childhood (Sandy & George), 1 in Parenthood (Tammy), 6 in Grandparenthood (Kerry, Riley, Koda, Roxie, Shue & Sheba), and 1 in Great-grandparenthood (Donegal)

Mission statement:  to do what I can to maintain a respectful, caring and peaceful environment wherever I may be in this life

Couldn’t live without: hugs and laughter

Most unusual gift received:  $1,500 from Norma & Hal Taussig to found The Walden School which is 45 years old this year!

Passionate issue:  Dr. Maria Montessori’s educational philosophy

Proudest accomplishment:  Giving birth to my 3 loving daughters – Denyse, Michele & Colette

“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.” Maria Montessori