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"Gail was undoubtedly one of the most graceful and gracious women I have known. She put her skills in psychology to good use, directing volunteers and pulling together tremendous events with aplomb. She was a delightful conversationalist and a good companion. We will all miss her."
"Dear, dear Gail...She will be missed! She had such love, enthusiasm and joie de vivre!"
"How sad. She was obviously a beautiful person. I am so sorry for your loss. Please convey my condolences to Jane's Stories Press staff and volunteers and friends and family"
Phyllis Jean Green
One of Jane's Stories' most faithful members and volunteers, Gail Pflaster, Ed. D., 74, of St. Augustine and North Hatley, Quebec, Canada, passed away peacefully at her home in St. Augustine on May 13, 2012 after a long, brave battle with cancer.
Born in the Bronx and raised in New York City, she graduated from Hunter College and earned her doctorate at Teachers College, Columbia University. She worked as a teacher of the deaf in the NYC school system, later directed the Education of the Deaf Program at Hunter College, and continued her teaching career in the Psychology Department at John Abbott College in Quebec.
After retiring in 1998, she divided her time between North Hatley and St. Augustine, where she became involved in the arts community by writing poetry, story telling, square dancing, and advocating for the arts. She was an active member and participant in many organizations, including Jane's Stories' Florida Janes Writing Circle. She said of herself, "Never bored!"
In concert with the St. Johns Cultural Council, she created the Festival of Muses to celebrate Womens' History Month. In 2009 she founded the ROWITA Awards (Recognizing Outstanding Women In The Arts) to honor artistic achievements of women and recognize their contributions to the arts community. This year the Cultural Council re-named the award, The Dr. Gail Pflaster Recognizing Outstanding Women in the Arts Award. Gail's passion for writing resulted in "Furry Tales," a loving tribute to her animal companions over the years that is due for publication this week. She directed that a portion of the sale of her book go to the ROWITA, Jr. Award. In lieu of flowers, Gail made known her wish that donations may be made to: Jr. ROWITA Fellowships Fund, c/o St. Johns Cultural Council, 15 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine, FL, 32084.