Longtime faculty member Ruth Hall retires

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After nearly 50 years working with children and parents at Hanna Perkins School, Child Psychoanalyst Ruth Hall retired in June 2019. She was honored at a party at Nighttown.

Ruth Hall retired after 47 years at Hanna Perkins

L to R: Teachers Noelle Marotta, Fatema Toossi and Therapist Taryn Ponsky

Hall began at Hanna Perkins in 1972 as a therapist, working with parents of preschoolers using the Hanna Perkins practice of “treatment via the parent.”

In 1980, she joined the faculty of Hanna Perkins’ child psychoanalytic training program and soon after also was named Director of Therapy – a position she held for 15 years. Until her retirement, she saw patients and parents as an associate in the Hadden Clinic, consulted with area schools and child care centers, and served as the therapist teacher in Hanna Perkins’ toddler program.

Hanna Perkins board members Maria Kaiser (left) and Georgianna (Gann) Roberts

L to R: Michelle Lachman, board member Roy E. Lachman and Burt Griffin

Originally trained as a speech and hearing pathologist, Hall obtained her undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University in special education and her master’s degree from CWRU 1959. She taught in the Battle Creek public schools for two years before coming to Cleveland.

A clear communicator with a sense of humor and a gentle manner, Hall helped countless grownups to peer into the inner life of young children to better understand their needs.

Education Director Barbara Streeter (L) congratulates Ruth Hall

HPC therapists Victoria Todd (L) and Kenna Mycek

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