Wednesday, 20 June @ 10:00 a.m. – “Coffee with the Director” – Gretchen Griffith presents her book, Dr. Jane Carswell: Family Physician, Humanitarian, Friend
Coffee and pastries provided – $5 donations requested and graciously accepted
The story of distinguished physician, Dr. Jane Carswell, reveals a life of integrity, dedication and faith in action. In a time when few women received medical degrees, she courageously persevered against the odds to reach her dream. Her cradle-to-grave practice extended beyond delivering babies and providing care for patients of all ages. She responded to society’s ills by advocating for those suffering from abuse or addiction She fought against racial injustices. She pushed for end-of-life care and a facility for affordable medical treatment. Nationally recognized as the 1984 American Family Physician of the Year, she merged the medical with the practical to become greatly beloved by all who knew her.
Gretchen Griffith teamed up with Kenneth Roberts to write the biography of his wife, Jane Carswell. Kenneth is the retired superintendent of Caldwell County Schools where Gretchen was a teacher with thirty years experience. Her teaching career covered multiple levels from Head Start five year olds to college freshmen at Appalachian State University and Caldwell Community College, although she claims fourth grade as her favorite spot to fall. She has been instrumental in preserving local North Carolina stories through oral history projects that have resulted in several narrative nonfictional books.