Elizabeth Sherman Elvy

Profile Updated: January 24, 2018
Residing In Washington, DC USA
Spouse/Partner Philip C. Elvy
Homepage www.executivetoursdc.com
Occupation Science writer (NIMH)/DC tour guide
Children none yet!
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Better to let a few photos tell the story of at least some of the past 50 years.
- On a dig at the Mwt Temple in Luxor in 1981 during graduate studies at U. of Chicago
- 2001 ID photo for the National Institute of Mental Health, where I now work as a science writer 3 days a week -- best job in the world!
- Wedding picture with Phil, 2001, and we're still smiling.
- Taking the ferry to St. Michael's on Cheapeake Bay, 2008

To fill in a few holes in this story: After abandoning Egyptology as a career in 1986, I moved back to DC and got a job with the WILSON QUARTERLY. For a brief period served as its Literary Editor (very interesting job). I then worked as the editor of the BIOGRAPHICAL MEMOIRS for the National Academy of Sciences. This was great, because I discovered science--totally new to me--& I met all kinds of eminent people with remarkable minds (such as Stephen J. Gould). I next spent many years as a freelance writer, miraculously earning a living, largely because of my work for the World Bank and George Washington University. Since 2000 I have been a science writer for the National Institute of Mental Health, working 3 days a week. Again, great job.

School Story

I have a dim recollection of being in Wilder Library (where else?) one evening and hearing unearthly music coming from outside. Walking out to investigate, I passed through the tree shadows and found, in the center of the square, a chap playing the bagpipes! I also remember: being thrilled by Dr. Bongiorno's Metaphysical Poets class; making food on a commercial scale with friends and the excellent "towny" cook in the kitchen of Tank Coop; motorcycles racing through the library for Mark Obenhaus's memorable film about Oberlin; playing Polymono (in more senses than one); adoring and laughing with roommates; discovering primary resource research in a class on WWII; 3 on the floor and in by 11:00 (or was it 10:00?). Better stop here.

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Dec 31, 2017 at 11:56 AM

Alas for the American elm! Your watercolors are quite wonderful. Beth

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Jun 20, 2017 at 8:01 AM

Ah -- it must have been JA who played "Midnight in Moscow" from the (then) new album Take Five by Dave Brubeck in the Dascomb Lounge. One of my fondest Oberlin memories. I heartily approve of your life -- but where are you ethics guys when we need you?

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Posted on: Jun 01, 2017 at 9:40 AM

HI Barry, How clever of you to marry an architect--truly a sweet science! You are one of the few people I actually remember from Oberlin. So much seems to have happened since. Let me encourage you to make the trip. I didn't go to my HS 50th, and I regret it. I have been to several Obie reunions (sometimes with Pat Tarnoff, as was, now Goodkind), and I am amazed at what fine people Obies are. Even if I did not know them in the long ago, I am very pleased to meet them and hear their stories now. You will, too.

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May 19, 2017 at 10:01 AM

Wow -- I LOVE reading about the well-lived life, and yours is a grand example. Chapeau! And I am so glad your children, wife, travels, etc. continue to give you joy. Beth

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Mar 29, 2017 at 8:08 AM

That, John, is certainly changing the world.

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Posted on: Feb 20, 2017 at 9:08 AM

Hi Gayna -- Finally! I have been waiting for you to sign up. Are you coming to the 50th? I do hope so. You are what I remember best from my entire time at Oberlin. Do you remember people used to tell us to pipe down because we were laughing so hard together? Love to see you again. Your (very) old roomie, Beth

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This is a lovely Oberlin life--and something that warms the heart in these dark days!

Dec 14, 2016 at 8:47 AM

Thanks so much for your Bangladesh write-up. Really interesting. I have worked from time to time for the World Bank and remember from that experience that Bangladesh is the most densely populated country on earth and visited by a positively Biblical host of plagues. So wonderful to hear that even with these drawbacks, they are making strides (unlike us Americans, who manage to take the earth's greatest cartload of blessings and create a science-denying, infotainment-based police state. May Providence preserve our beleagured Constitution! Thanks again--write more. It gives me a good excuse to avoid doing taxes.

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May 26, 2016 at 8:32 AM

I am  very glad to see Al Banner remembered here. I never really knew him--only saw him occasionally in Dascomb dining hall, where he was a waiter. I remember a sharp wit and dash of humor that made him memorable, and I was shocked to learn of his untimely death, so soon after graduation.

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Posted on: May 22, 2016 at 8:41 AM

Any godchild of Dr. Bongiorno is OK by me. I remember going to a long-ago reunion (don't remember which), where Dr. Bongiorno was the speaker at the Saturday dinner. He had been my Metaphysical Poets teacher--one of the few memorable courses in my long academic career, and it was my pleasure to sit next to him at dinner. I then walked with him, lending an arm, to the block where he still lived. He told me he kept the Paradiso on his nightstand and read a bit every evening. A few years later, at another reunion, I stopped by one evening to see him in Kendall but was told the Professor was out (!) visiting the Illumination. What a guy. (Sorry you flunked out--come back anyway. Obies turn out to be great fun.)

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