2001-02-24 / Letters

Carolyn Bennett Remembered

Dear Editor;

I would like to share with you one small but telling piece in the life of Carolyn Bennett (Dorothy Dunne, February 3 issue of The Wave).

In October 1998, Carolyn joined the Peninsula Adult Learning Center of the Queens Library as a volunteer and quickly became one of its most dedicated and skillful English conversation tutors.

Her generous donation of her time and energy helped provide free conversation practice to adult English language students from Latin America, Eastern Europe, Haiti, Yemen and Pakistan living in the Rockaways. Once or twice a week, her groups met to discuss anything from politics, history and the arts to the everyday concerns and observations of immigrants learning about life in the United States.

Upon hearing the news, some of her former students stopped by the center to express their sorrow and to commiserate with others who knew her. Students and staff talked about her wonderful energy, her sweet smile, her elegance, the breadth of her interests and talents, her ability to have fun and her conscientious and creative preparation for all of her conversation sessions.

We all feel enriched by having had the good fortune to know Carolyn even a little. We will miss her and remember her fondly.

DANIELA FRANCISCO


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