Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Beatrice Paolucci: Shaping Destiny through Everyday Life

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Beatrice Paolucci: Shaping Destiny through Everyday Life

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Beatrice Paolucci:

Shaping Destiny Through Everyday Life

Margaret M. Bubolz (2002)

Kappa Omicron Nu

A quote in Chapter 8 epitomizes the remarkable personal quali

ties and professional achievements of Beatrice Paolucci: "I will not follow where the path may lead, but I will go where there is no path and leave a trail." Shortly after her death, Bea's friends and colleagues began planning a book of readings of her papers and speeches. The group- the Paolucci Book Committee-wanted to develop a book that would tell the Beatrice Paolucci story so that readers would be able to learn and be inspired by her life and achievements. This book has achieved that goal.

The first of four parts, summarizes Bea's life as a coal miner's daughter (struck with infantile paralysis before she was two), beloved daughter and sister in an Italian-- American family, college student and young professional teaching high school Home Economics, and graduate student pursuing master's and doctoral degrees. The second part, "Legacy and Influence," focuses on Bea as a distinguished professor at Michigan State University, a dynamic and unforgettable teacher, a conceptual leader in family resource management, a Home Economics/human ecology visionary and futurist, pacesetter, and philosopher, and an influential leader in a host of other national and international spheres. …

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