Tribute C There's a strange “something” about being in the presence of greatness
that I have come to understand only since Donna Allen took leave of this
earthly plane July 19, 1999: The truly great are somehow the easiest to
know, sharing the greatest visions in the simplest of ways. Such was the
woman who I came to know as my mentor, teacher, colleague, friend, and
sister, Donna Allen.Ramona Rush, Maurine Beasley, Annette Samuels, and I had the pleasure of sharing our defining Donna moments with many of you during
the 2000 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Convention in Phoenix. In August, Kitty Endres wrote me
the following note: “As I was sitting in your session on Donna, it struck me
that many of the sentiments expressed in that session should be distilled
for Women's Words. ” Well, Kitty, I wish I had taken better notes, but after
some amusing musing over notes, conversations, and papers Maurine,
Ramona, and Annette shared with me, here is what I came up with.
Donna, Donna, Donna
THINGS THAT DONNA TAUGHT US …
|1. ||The person on the phone or in front of me is the most important
person in the universe and demands my total and complete attention.
“Donna Allen had a way of making you feel like you were the most important person in the universe. The first day I spoke with her I felt I'd
known her all my life. And from that moment on we were friends and
sisterly travelers, ” recalled Sue Kaufman.|
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: Seeking Equity for Women in Journalism and Mass Communication Education: A 30-Year Update.
Contributors: Ramona R. Rush - Editor, Carol E. Oukrop - Editor, Pamela J. Creedon - Editor.
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Place of publication: Mahwah, NJ.
Publication year: 2003.
Page number: 407.
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