Jean Kirkpatrick: In Memoriam

(Reprinted from "Sobering Thoughts" membership newsletter for Women for Sobriety, Inc. August 2000)

Jean Kirkpatrick.jpg (32023 bytes) Dr. Kirkpatrick, noted author, speaker, and sociologist of Quakertown died Monday, June 19, 2000 in Grand View Hospital, West Rockhill Township, Bucks County Pennsylvania. She was 77. Born in Quakertown, she was a daughter of the late Peter C. and Helen (Spangler) Romig.

She was a sociologist and author of four books: Turnabout: New Help for the Woman Alcoholic (Barricade) which recounts her recovery and how the organization of Women for Sobriety began; A Fresh Start; Goodbye Hangovers, Hello life (Self-Help for Women); and On the Road To Sell Recovery. Her writing has appeared in Vogue, Today's Woman, as well as several scholarly journals, such as Alcohol and Health World, published by the National Institute on Alcoholism. Dr. Kirkpatrick had written numerous booklets and pamphlets on women alcoholics and their recovery. She had appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including, 'The Today Show," "The Phil Donahue Show," "Good Morning America," and "To Tell The Truth" to name a few. She founded the first national self-help program, Women for Sobriety, Inc. (WFS) "New Life" for recovering women alcoholics in 1975. The organization has been written about in Women's Day magazine and articles by United Press International, Parents Without Partners and The Washington Post, which led to the "New Life" program being broadcast by the Voice of America to women behind the Iron Curtain. The organization has received world recognition through its spread to women in Australia, England, New Zealand, Iceland, Finland Germany, and other countries. Treatment centers in the U.S. and Canada use the program. She was awarded the Raymond Haupert Humanitarian Award from Moravian College, named Woman of the Year by the Business and Professional Women in Quakertown and has also appeared in the International Edition of "Who's Who Among Women," and received numerous additional awards and recognitions. On Several occasions, Dr. Kirkpatrick has been called to serve as expert witness on women and alcoholism before several Senate Committees. She also filled speaking engagements across the United States and abroad having presented papers before the International community of alcoholism professionals in Zurich, Switzerland; Tours, France; Cardiff, Wales; and Vienna, Austria. She was a graduate of Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with a degree in sociology, received her Masters from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, and received her Doctorate degree from University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Formerly, she was and editor for the WFS newsletter, Sobering Thoughts. She was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Quakertown. There are no immediate survivors. Funeral Service and internment were private.

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