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Ann Gerard
Attended Western Michigan University, Boston College
Lives in Westminster, MA
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Ann was born in Illinois and moved to St. Louis as an infant until she was of high school age when her family moved to Iowa.  She was educated at Western Michigan University and began  work as an Occupational Therapist at Kalamazoo State Hospital and the Battle Creek Veteran's Administration Hospital, and after obtaining her Master of Education Degree began teaching special education in the Battle Creek public school system. She later began teaching at Western Michigan University.  In 1970 she had been hired at Boston College to manage the special educator program. With her four children she moved to Massachusetts where she met and married Roger who had two young children so she became a mother to six.  She completed all of her course work for her Ph.D. at Boston College after moving to Maine.  Ann commuted from Scarborough, Maine to Boston College and was home only for the weekends. 

In 1973 the family moved to Los Gatos, California and Ann took on teaching positions at San Francisco State University and Hayward State University until she located a permanent position as a professor to establish a Special Education Teacher Program in the Department of Graduate Education at Santa Clara University.  From there she commuted periodically from California to Boston to work with her dissertation committee and finally was awarded her Ph.D.

When Roger went to work in Belgium and England Ann remained in California and visited him on summer vacation.  After Roger landed a contract in Saudi Arabia she joined him for the first summer and then took a year sabbatical and two years of unpaid leave to teach business courses at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center but had to return to Santa Clara University if she wanted to maintain her tenure.  She did return for one year but retired and gave up tenure to return to Saudi Arabia to direct the education program at the Handicapped Children's Center in Riyadh and also went to the Asir province to help establish a center there.  She remained in Saudi Arabia for 10 years returning to the U.S. in 1992 to care for Roger's terminally ill mother in Gardner, Massachusetts for three months and then maintained residences in Gardner and Los Gatos until 1997.  Ann and Roger had bought the home in Gardner for his parents so for reasons difficult to fathom they sold their California home and moved to Gardner, Massachusetts which was his home town although he had moved to Westminster when he was in high school.  In 2002 they sold the home in Gardner and moved to nearby Westminster to enjoy the small town atmosphere and the nearby ski resort.
Ann has been afflicted with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) for the past seven years.  To learn more about MSA click on the Multiple System Atrophy link in the list on the right edge of the profile.

BS - Western Michigan University
OT.R - Occupational Therapist - Registered
MA - Western Michigan University
Ph.D Boston College


Education
  • Western Michigan University, Boston College
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Gender
Female
Work
Occupation
Retired College Professor
Employment
  • Retired College Professor, present
  • Kalamazoo State Hospital, Battle Creek V.A. Hospital, Battle Creek Public School System, Western Michigan University, Boston College, San Francisco State University, Santa Clara University, King Faisal Hospital & Research Center, Handicapped Children's Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
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Currently
Westminster, MA
Previously
St. Louis & Red Oak, Iowa - St. Louis, Red Oak Iowa, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Battle Creek, Michigan, Southborough, MA, Scarborough, Maine, Los Gatos, California, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Gardner, MA, Westminster, MA