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Poster for the play 'Othello'featuring Paul Robeson, 1944
Poster for the play "Othello"featuring Paul Robeson, 1944
Roy Richard Thomas attended this "Othello" performance, featuring Paul Robeson, on October 16, 1944. The Cass Theater was across the street from the Detroit Free Press building where Roy worked. 
  30 Jun 2020
Detroit Free Press Building
Detroit Free Press Building
Roy R. Thomas worked at the Detroit Free Press from August 1943 through April 1945, in the Sports Department 
  30 Jun 2020
Cass Theater, Detroit MI
Cass Theater, Detroit MI
The Cass Theater was movie palace across the street from the Detroit Free Press Building. Roy Richard Thomas saw several performances there in the 1940s. Each performance was a double feature first-run movie, with a music in the intermission performed by big bands such as Cab Calloway. See: https://historicdetroit.org/buildings/cass-theatre 
  26 Jun 2020
Carol Jean Wehrwein Thomas (1929-2017)
Carol Jean Wehrwein Thomas (1929-2017)

MEMORIES OF CAROL JEAN WEHRWEIN THOMAS BY SULEIMAN ALIBHAI, O.D. (Low Vision Center, Bethesda MD):

"Carol was always so feisty and determined that it really upsets me to think she might have been so debilitated at the end. It is also very hard for the family to watch a loved one go through such a challenging experience and so I hope you feel reassured that at least now she is definitely in a much better place.

I will miss her as she had been my patient for many years and she was always very motivated to try things that might help her see better. May we all have her courage and positive demeanor through our challenges in life."



MEMORIES OF CAROL JEAN WEHRWEIN THOMAS BY JENIFER ROSENZWEIG (Speech Therapist):


"I will always remember her for her sharp sense of humor, her beautiful smile, and her love of chocolate ice cream!"



MEMORIES OF CAROL JEAN WEHRWEIN THOMAS BY SARAH KUZMACK (Physical Therapist):

"Coming into the waiting room to greet Carol for her physical therapy appointments, she never failed to start off our session with "Well there is little Miss Sunshine." She was always skeptical and sarcastic of my encouragement and acknowledgement of all the progress I watched her make our the course of our time together. The clinic assistants would comment to me at the end of our sessions on the notable improvement in her walking ability because of my efforts and patience with her, but I was always quick to attribute all of Carol's improvement and success to her highly motivated character.

She will always be remembered for her determination and perseverance with all of the exercises and tasks given to her during each session. Carol is truly missed amongst the clinic staff, and certainly is a face/personality that will never be forgotten."



MEMORIES OF CAROL JEAN WEHRWEIN THOMAS BY TSIPORA (Physical Therapy Assistant):

"Carol was an honest, loving person, who tried her best. She never missed an appointment at the clinic. Sarah, her physical therapist, was amazing working with her and, later, with Roy, so patient and professional. Sarah and I went to visit Carol at the rehab nursing home and hope she liked the white teddy bear we gave her. Sarah and I will always remember her!" 
  6 May 2020
Carol Jean Thomas and her parents, Jennie Wensink and Carl F. Wehrwein, 1955
Carol Jean Thomas and her parents, Jennie Wensink and Carl F. Wehrwein, 1955

The group is standing in the observation shed atop a high hill overlooking Salida CO, elevation 7500 feet, on the Arkansas River. 
  6 May 2020
Carol Jean Wehrwein, 1948
Carol Jean Wehrwein, 1948

Holton-Arms Junior College, then Washington, DC (now Holton-Arms School, Potomac MD, to grade 12), senior photo in the 1948 yearbook, "The Scribe":

"Carol Jean Wehrwein. Carol takes an active part in Scroll, Scribe (yearbook), and Happy's modern dance, but she devotes most of her time to music. She is one of our most accomplished pianists, and last year she was in the Glee Club as well civic singing groups. The Call of the West is strong in this transplanted Californian, despite her varied activities here. Holton will miss Carol's determination and ready energy when she leaves this year."


MEMORIES OF CAROL JEAN WEHRWEIN THOMAS BY JOHANNA WENSINK THOMPSON (cousin)

"Carolís mother and my father were sister and brother, and for many of our growing-up years the two families lived in the Washington area. Because of this proximity it became a tradition that we shared holiday dinners (always turkey!)

Aside from listening to endless adult conversation and expert demonstrations of turkey carving, what made at least one of these visits memorable was a kind gesture by Carol. Although she was 8 years older than I, on this occasion she took me and my siblings, her ďlittleĒ cousins, upstairs to play board games. Far superior to listening to discussions of the best way to counteract dandelions!

Our Grandparents held large open house gatherings to celebrate their 50th and 55 wedding anniversaries. Carolís family and mine stayed in the family home, and other relatives paid visits. One evening when I was 11 and had been put to bed, I stole a look out the window at the aunts and uncles sitting in the yard. Carol, then 19, wrapped a towel turban-style around her just-washed hair and went out to join the adults. This impressed me as being just terribly glamorous and I repeated it several times after we got home. My mother was not impressed!

A project of Carol and other older cousins at the anniversary gathering was trying to identify all the aunts, uncles and cousins who walked through the house, and determine their relationship to each other. This shared information was then carefully added, following much discussion, to the family tree diagram they were developing.

Carolís interest in genealogy continued the rest of her life. She did a great deal of research on the European roots of the families and was in touch with a relative who had compiled a book which traced family roots starting in the early 1800ís in Germany. The book represented a huge investment of time, but was merely the starting point for Carolís own research. She generously spent quite a bit of time in 2010-2011 sharing this information with me.

Through our parents Carol and I were kept abreast of each otherís lives. I knew that she had married in 1950 and gone to live in Colorado. When I married, in 1959, Carolís wedding gift to me was a casserole dish with at least a dozen hand-written recipe cards inside. These presumably were fairly fool-proof recipes for the new bride. I still have a number of these cards, and every once in a while will come across one. It makes me smile."
 
  6 May 2020
Cousins stepping smartly on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC, 1996
Cousins stepping smartly on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC, 1996

"April 13, 1996"

l. to r.: Mary Ann Wensink, Carol Jean Wehrwein, Johanna Margaret Wensink

 
  6 May 2020

Documents

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Carol Jean Wehrwein (1929-2017) member, International Society for General Semantics
Carol Jean Wehrwein (1929-2017) member, International Society for General Semantics

Carol joined the Society and was an avid reader of its journal, "ETC: A Review of General Semantics."


". . . And Lingo Was Their Game-O," by J.J. McCoy (Washington "Post," March 13, 2003):

In a spartanly furnished classroom of the Smithsonian's S. Dillon Ripley Center, three stories below the National Mall in D.C., conspirators are hard at work.

They're conjuring up words. They'd like nothing better than to invent them, then sit back and listen to the rest of us use them. They want this so much that each has given up five hours of a Saturday and paid upward of $120 to hear Erin McKean, the 31-year-old senior editor for Oxford University Press's American English dictionaries, talk about the life and death of language. She discusses the birth of "bling-bling," "soccer moms" and "reality TV," just a few of the phrases that have slipped into American vernacular in recent years. . . .

The 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary is considered the most comprehensive reference for the English language. The company's two-volume Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (SOED), released last fall, saw fit to include 3,500 new words by using its '5 by 5 by 5' rule: five examples in five printed sources over five years. . . .

[Among the attendees:) At ages 76 and 73, respectively, Roy and Carol Thomas of Montgomery County share a mutual interest in language and opsimathy (from 1656, learning acquired late in life). A retired high school librarian who teaches English as a second language at Montgomery College, Carol is driven to bruxism (grinding of teeth) at the thought of the word "tasked," cited by Oxford back in 1828. . . ." 
  6 May 2020
Carol Jean Wehrwein (1929-2017) Certificate of Baptism, 1930
Carol Jean Wehrwein (1929-2017) Certificate of Baptism, 1930

First Congregational Church, Madison, WI 
  6 May 2020
S.I. Hayakawa, 'Language in Thought and Action,' published 1949
S.I. Hayakawa, "Language in Thought and Action," published 1949

Wikipedia: "Professionally, Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa (1906-1992) was a linguist, psychologist, semanticist, teacher, and writer. He served as an instructor at the University of Wisconsin from 1936 to 1939 and at the Armour Institute of Technology (Illinois Institute of Technologies after 1940) from 1939 to 1948.

His first book on semantics, "Language in Thought and Action," expanded its forerunner (and Book-of-the-Month Clubselection) "Language in Action," written from 1938 to 941.

With five editions from 1949-1991, "Language in Thought and Action" helped to popularize Alfred Korzybski's general semantics and semantics in general, . . ."

Hayakawa later served as president of San Francisco University (1968-1973) and a U.S. Senator from California (1977-1983). 
  6 May 2020
Carol Jean Wehrwein (1929-2017) Announcement of her birth, 1929
Carol Jean Wehrwein (1929-2017) Announcement of her birth, 1929

This card was found in a scrapbook compiled by her mother, Jennie Leona Wensink (1895-1992), during her senior-year of college in the Class of 1918, Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin.  
  6 May 2020
'Language in Thought and Action' signed by the  author, Dr. S.I. Hayakawa, 1950
"Language in Thought and Action" signed by the author, Dr. S.I. Hayakawa, 1950

On 30 May 1950, in a seminar room designed by Frank Lloyd Wright at Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida, S.I. Hayakawa talked about his recent book. with Carol Jean Wehrwein, Roy Ricard Thomas, and a half dozen other undergraduates. 
  6 May 2020

Individuals

 ID   Last Name, Given Name(s)   Born/Christened   Location   Tree   Last Modified 
I1926 
Thomas, Roy Richard 
b. 1926  Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA  Complete 30 Jun 2020
I22770 
Sprowls, Roger E. 
b. 14 Feb 1938   Complete 13 Jun 2020
I2128 
Weinberg, Paulina 
b.   Poncha, Romania  Complete 8 Jun 2020
I993 
Horwitz/Gurevitch/Gurvich, Henoch Hirsch 
b. 1838  Horwitz Family Residence, Rezekne, Latgale, Latvia  Complete 8 Jun 2020
I15550 
Wehrwein, Carol Jean 
b. 28 Mar 1929  Plymouth, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, U.S.A  Complete 6 May 2020

Families
 
 ID   Father ID   Father's Name   Mother ID   Mother's Name   Married   Tree   Last Modified 
 F1512 
 I993  Henoch Hirsch Horwitz/Gurevitch/Gurvich  I4052  Brocha Daug of Jankel    Complete 8 Jun 2020