After graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in psychology from Ohio University in 1962, Constance taught high school French in Pennsylvania for three years before moving to California in 1966. There, with a young son and daughter and a third child on the way, she earned a doctorate in psychology at the University of California Irvine in 1972 and immediately joined the psychology faculty at Chapman University. In her fourth year at Chapman she taught on World Campus Afloat and took her three children with her (yes, even her four-year-old daughter) for a three-month Semester at Sea, visiting twelve countries.
Seven months later, Constance re-married, uniting her family with Ed and his two teenage daughters. Both parents continued teaching at Chapman for several more years before re-locating to northern California. Although Constance had to give up tenure and rank at Chapman, she appreciated the schedule of adjunct professor at Santa Clara University that allowed freedom for her and Ed to enjoy frequent international travel together and to spend a few weeks each winter in Mexico. During this time, she also made several trips alone to study Eastern religions in India, one of her longtime interests.
In 2003 Ed was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. He underwent surgery, but declined chemotherapy and radiation. Together the couple intensified their previous study of alternative health and found a nutrition doctor to guide them, Dr. Tom Wu. Ed eventually became cancer free, an experience Constance wrote about in an article titled “One Man’s Journey,” (serialized here under Forum). She later edited the first English version of Dr. Tom Wu’s Different Approach in Natural Healing, which describes the life-saving diet Dr. Wu had prescribed for Ed after his cancer diagnosis.
Not Going Gently chronicles yet another experience for Constance. Since 2006 she has been traveling to Nevada as a long-distance caregiver for her mother who is slowly declining with Alzheimer’s disease––a disease Constance knows only too well as her father died with dementia. Recognizing her genetic potential, she has studied all aspects of dementia, focusing on the latest scientific developments and strategies for the future.
At her home in Menlo Park, CA, Constance has been a volunteer presenter for the Alzheimer’s Speakers Bureau and is a member of Peninsula Volunteers, a support group for seniors. In Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, she is a volunteer at a shelter for abused and abandoned children; in 2007 she joined the Children’s Shelter of Hope Foundation board that raises money to support these children, serving as vice-president until 2013.
Constance and Ed still like to travel, often to visit their blended family of a son, four daughters, and twelve grandchildren. Their other pleasures include opera and symphony performances, dinners with friends, daily walks, yoga (for her) and book clubs.
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