The Legacies of My Mom, Dr. Gail Schlachter Hauser (1943-2015)
Today would have been my mom Gail Schlachter’s 80th birthday. To commemorate the occasion, this post recap some of her ongoing legacies.
Undoubtedly, mom would have said that her most important legacies are her children (Sandy and me) and four grandchildren. While each of us has been deeply influenced by her, mom’s legacies extend broader than that. Five examples:
1) My sister and I created an ALA research grant program in mom’s name.
2) Mom created and funded a scholarship program for college students in the name of her parents, Lewis and Helen Goldstein.
3) Mom’s ALA-related papers are archived at the University of Illinois.
4) A complete set of mom’s published books–hundreds of them–are archived at San Jose State.
5) We sold mom’s publishing business to a start-up called AdmitHub in 2016. AdmitHub rebranded as Mainstay and recently turned the scholarship directory database over to a nonprofit, the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA). EdSurge’s story of the transfer. That means the database mom built over the decades is still helping students achieve their educational goals–years after her death.
Mom may be gone, but she’ll never be forgotten. ז”ל