Priscilla Harmon Putnam

Profile Updated: February 15, 2018
Residing In Newark, DE USA
Spouse/Partner Steve Putnam
Occupation retired psychologist
Children Danny Crawford, born 1976; Annie Putnam Fisher born 1986

Although I left Oberlin to attend Princeton Theological Seminary, with the intent of becoming a minister then an academic, when I lost my scholarship due to marriage I found a job working as a counselor with heroin addicts in central Brooklyn. I began social work school part time at Hunter, and obtained my social work degree over time. I continued working in addictions and eventually was developing and managing an addictions program in Sellersville, PA.
Then I met my husband Steve, and moved back to Delaware which was where I was from originally. I entered a PhD program in clinical psychology and after 7 long years, finally obtained my PhD (and another MA). I then went into private practice and worked with clients over the lifespan, which was a job I loved!
I retired two years ago and now spend my time reawakening an interest in music. The "senior" band I play in had too many flutists (my instrument) but needed percussionists, so I am now a member of the percussion section, play mallets and all percussion except snare drums, which I am learning. I love playing with the band and playing piano, and feel that I have an opportunity now to pursue the interest that I gave up to have a career as a therapist.

School Story

Funny thing--I don't remember anything funny about my Oberlin days!!! It was intense, failure lurked right around the corner, life was intense, a war was raging, friends were being drafted or arrested--holy cow--how did we survive! I loved my friends--but they were as overwhelmed as I was!
I would love to go back to Oberlin now with the perspective I have as an adult--to be in the midst of thoughtful, thinking peers, to be in classes with professors who excelled as academics but also as mentors. To take in all the music and art and theater that is available. Those were very enriched days--but it was all with a great deal of angst!

Priscilla's Latest Interactions

Hide Comments
Nov 12, 2021 at 6:41 PM

I am also a day late, Bry, but hope it was a good day and that it will be a great year. Oh that we could sit and have long.important discussions about religion again! Those were the days, to be sure.
Take care, and Happy belated birthday.

Priscilla Harmon Putnam has left an In Memory comment for her Profile.
Dec 14, 2020 at 11:57 AM

I was so sad to learn of Steve's death, and it has taken me awhile to know what to say! He was such an important part of my life at Oberlin, adding spice to the otherwise grueling study schedule I, and so many of us, maintained.  He and his Alpha Q "fraternity" brothers pushed the envelope, in good fun; and those of us who could tag along greatly benefited.  Steve and I enjoyed so many times together--very hard to recount and I probably shouldn't! I am not surprised to know he loved luxury cars--he certainly loved his motorcycle!   Rest in Peace, Steve.  You were a really good guy.

Priscilla Harmon Putnam changed her "Now" picture. New comment added.
Feb 16, 2018 at 9:51 AM

Posted on: Feb 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Feb 14, 2018 at 12:55 PM
Priscilla Harmon Putnam posted a message. New comment added.
May 05, 2018 at 8:12 PM

Posted on: Feb 14, 2018 at 12:53 PM

I so look forward to seeing you at the reunion, Laura, and hopefully Peter too! We were such little kids when we descended on Dascomb! And stayed friends and started growing up throughout all the years. You were the only person I ever knew who knew Italian and kept learning more!
And were Always going to swim meets!
It will be great to catch up!

Priscilla Harmon Putnam added a comment on her Profile.
Feb 14, 2018 at 12:44 PM