In Appreciation: Edith F. Bondi

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ACEI lost a great friend when long-time member Edith F. Bondi passed away November 2, 2002, in Houston, Texas. Born in Berlin, Germany, in 1919, Bondi was a dedicated author, educator, translator, and musician. Affectionately known as "Aunt Edith," childhood education was her passion. She always wore her favorite pin, which read, "KIDS ARE SPECIAL PEOPLE."

Bondi began teaching elementary public school children in 1937. Most recently, she served as a volunteer reading specialist in the Houston and North Forest school districts in Texas. Bondi was also the founder of the museum of children's books, as well as a supporter of Young Israel of Houston, The Houston Youth Symphony and Ballet, Camp Morasha in New York, and many other charities. Bondi served as an active member of ACEI, The Society of Children's Book Writers, The Board of Camp Morasha, The Gimmel Foundation of Israel, the Houston Association for Childhood Education International, and The American Translators Association. In a 1987Houston Chronicle profile, Bondi spoke of the strong convictions that shaped her life. "My whole philosophy of life is to see others succeed," she said.

In recognition of her great work, Bondi received many awards and honors during her lifetime, including Leading Conservationist from the U. …