Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

Charlotte Schuchardt Read 1909-2002

Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

Charlotte Schuchardt Read 1909-2002

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Charlotte Schuchardt Read, who contributed an immeasurable wealth of insight and gentle direction to the world of general semantics, died in New York City on July 25, 2002 at the age of 92. After an illness of many months, she passed away in her sleep.

At the time of her death, Charlotte was Director Emerita and Trustee of the Institute of General Semantics in Brooklyn, New York. She was coeditor, with Professor Isabel Caro, of a volume on the use of general semantics orientations and formulations in psychology and psychotherapy, General Semantics in Psychotherapy: Selected Writings on Methods Aiding Therapy, (Institute of General Semantics, 2002).

Charlotte was also devoted to the teaching and practice of sensory awareness, which she became involved with in the 1950s. She served as a director and president of the Sensory Awareness Foundation.

Born in Belleville, Illinois in 1909, she later moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her family. Charlotte studied human anatomy and zoology at the University of Wisconsin. She earned a master's degree in modern dance from the University of Illinois and began a career teaching dance. Charlotte, along with M. Kendig, stood as a person of singular importance to the discipline of general semantics and to the Institute of General Semantics, in particular. She joined the Institute in Chicago in 1939, eventually becoming Alfred Korzybski's executive secretary and editorial assistant. In 1950, after Korzybski's death, she delivered his last paper. …

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