Barbara Hastorf : Interview for the John W. Gardner Legacy Oral History Project
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- Stanford (Calif.) : Stanford Historical Society
- August 29, 2017-September 12, 2017
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The John W. Gardner Legacy Oral History Project, which began in early 2017, is sponsored by the Haas Center for Public Service, the Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program, the John W. Gardner Center for Youth & Their Communities, the Gardner Family Trust, and the Stanford University Libraries Special Collections & University Archives. With the transfer of 100+ linear feet of John W. Gardner’s papers from the Gardner home to Stanford University Libraries Special Collections in late 2016, the project sponsors launched an oral history initiative to capture recollections of Gardner and reflections on his life from people who knew him well. The project includes interviews with people who knew Gardner in various capacities, including as colleagues, students, mentees, friends, and family members.
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Barbara Hastorf discusses growing up in New York and New Jersey, taking a class with John W. Gardner while she was a student at Mount Holyoke College, and reconnecting with him when she moved with her family to Palo Alto.
- Barbara Hastorf discusses growing up in New York and New Jersey, taking a class with John W. Gardner while she was a student at Mount Holyoke College, and reconnecting with him when she moved with her family to Palo Alto. At Mount Holyoke College, Hastorf majored in economics and took an introductory psychology course with Gardner. She offers her recollections on that class and remembers Gardner as an open-minded and pleasant professor. Hastorf also discusses meeting with Gardner once she came to Stanford with her husband, Albert Hastorf, who was also a psychologist.
- Biographical profile
- Barbara Elizabeth Reck Hastorf was born in Syracuse, New York in 1922. Upon graduating from high school in Montclair, New Jersey, she matriculated at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, where she majored in economics. While at Mount Holyoke, she took a psychology course taught by John W. Gardner. Also, she met her husband-to-be, Albert Hastorf, who was a student at nearby Amherst College. They married in 1943. She and her husband later reconnected with Gardner after his return to Stanford in 1989. Hastorf accompanied her husband as he pursued his graduate studies at Princeton University. Their first daughter, Elizabeth Hastorf, was born while they were at Princeton. Hastorf and her family then moved in 1948 to Dartmouth College where Albert started his teaching career in the psychology department. Their second daughter, Christine, was born while they were at Dartmouth. In 1961, the family moved to California when Albert accepted a faculty position at Stanford University. Hastorf was very active on the Stanford campus in a number of different roles. She was involved in social planning for the psychology department, and hosted events for faculty members and students at her house. She served as an advisor for Stanford students along with her husband. She was also a member of the Stanford Faculty Women’s Club. When her family lived in the famous Hanna Honeycomb House, she was responsible for overseeing its maintenance. She volunteered as a Stanford Auxiliary “pink lady” at the Stanford Hospital. She also worked to promote the arts on campus, including through her involvement in Treasure Market, the Committee for Art board, and the Music Guild. Hastorf played an important role in supporting her husband as he served in various capacities at Stanford, including as dean of the School of Humanities & Sciences and as provost of Stanford University. She also assisted her husband with his research in psychology.
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- John W. Gardner Legacy Oral History Project (SC1355)
- Stanford University. Libraries. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
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