In Memoriam: Elizabeth Daunton

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Elizabeth Daunton, without whom Hanna Perkins Center would be a very different place, died Oct. 31 at the age of 94 after a prolonged illness. “She was prepared to die and appreciated that those close to her had the opportunity to say good bye,” notes Barbara Streeter, Educational Director at Hanna Perkins.

Daunton, a psychoanalyst, came to Cleveland from London in 1956 to join Dr. Anny Katan and other child analysts working at University Hospitals and in the newly established Hanna Perkins nursery school. Throughout her life she played an integral role in the development of the school as well as in the work, study and teaching of child analysis.

In an interview published in Child Analysis (V.16) she is quoted as saying, “I cannot imagine a more satisfying…rewarding and enjoyable profession.” To paraphrase Denia Barrett, she “embodied the spirit of valuing and respecting children, their parents, and caregivers.”

Daunton was a remarkable teacher, thoughtful colleague, and a delightful conversationalist. Most of all, she was kind to all of us. She will be missed and long remembered.

Here is the obituary about her that was published in The Plain Dealer.



  1. Anthea Daunton  December 4, 2012

    My Aunt Elizabeth was the best I could have wished for.She was always there for me and was the most generous and loving Aunt ,although she lived thousand of miles away we spoke often on the phone and she was always there for me if I had problems or concerns in my life.]I visited her in the USA and we always had happy times.Aunt Elizabeth had a long and very happy life and her work was at the forefront,she was renowned through out the world and I was and will remain very proud of her.


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