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In Memoriam: Britomar Lathrop, Feb. 17, 1921-Oct. 4, 2011
Britomar Lathrop, 90, died Oct. 4, 2011 at Rockford Memorial Hospital. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Ph.D. in psychology. She was employed by Singer Mental Health Center for many years before opening her own private practice, from which she retired at age 85. She was predeceased by her husband, Lyle, in 2008. Survivors include her daughter, Zena (Neil Johnson) Handlon, stepchildren and stepgrandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Ms. Lathrop was a dedicated Quaker, a volunteer at Severson Dells, a member of Rockford Writers’ Guild, Word Weavers and Womanspace. In May 2002, she published Britomar’s Road Diaries, her own account of her family’s travels in California for five years, how she grew up under the dominance of a stern, demanding father, and eventually made peace with him. She resolved her own conflicts with a situation over which she had no control, and finally became stronger from her struggles. The review of her book, Britomar’s Road Diaries, originally published in The Rock River Times in 2002, is available online for our readers.
From the Oct. 19-25, 2011, issue