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Learner Inspired to Make "Herculean" Effort

Apr 29, 2021

Image: Teehocknye, Lorintha J. Umtuch, age 73, of Toppenish, WA passed away on January 20, 2021. Source: Valley Hills Funeral Home

Course: Writing Biographies and Histories: Recording Stories of People and Places (2020)
Faculty Mentor: Roger Dahl

Editor’s Note: Writing Biographies and Histories was Anne Grove-Wilson’s first Wilmette Institute course. Since taking the course she has enrolled in two other courses. In early April, 2021, Anne wrote to the Institute’s Director, Robert Stockman, to update him on a couple of personal initiatives she has undertaken. This is an excerpt of what she wrote.


“Your work gives us confidence to make the Herculean effort to submit an article to PBS NewsHour in the hope that they will air a piece on the life of Judge Lorintha Umtuch**. My next project is converting our home into a community center on Lincoln Avenue which will include a greenhouse classroom out of recycled windows and new cedar and remodeling the garage and basement to become an all purpose space for events, classrooms, art galleries, and music venues.

The sky is the limit, and the building of a vibrant community on the Avenue is a work in progress

Sending love and light,
Anne Grove-Wilson”


**Lorintha Umtuch died of Covid-19. The PBS NewsHour published a story about her work as a tribal judge and mayor of Toppenish, WA, and mentioned that she had been a member of the Bahá’í Faith.

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Anne Grove-Wilson

Anne is a retired certified nurse midwife who has served in that capacity in Kosovo, Rosebud, Rwanda and in the US. She has served Bahá'í communities in England, Mexico, Hong Kong, and Haifa. Anne and her husband Richard recently built a greenhouse to sustain their ever-expanding garden.

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