Tom Ehrenberg

After Columbia, I stayed in New York City for another two or three years, knocking around in various jobs. I ended up marrying Margaret Dale Wright, and after our first child was born we moved to Vermont, where we set up housekeeping, had three more kids, and integrated ourselves into the life of our community. We went our separate ways (we each have found fulfilling and compatible partners) in the mid-80s, though we live in neighboring towns and successfully co-parented our four terrific children.

While I was a Columbia I was active in Cit Council, and it was my participation in the civil rights work through the Cit Council that was one of the propellants to my active involvement in the strike in 1968. I continue in my present life to work towards social change, towards political change, and, I hope, towards a more just and fulfilling society.

At this time, that work manifests itself in several ways. I am politically active in my community, and on the state level in Vermont (Vermont is a small enough state that citizen participation in government is a reality rather than a theoretical nicety). My professional life is as a psychotherapist, with my practice currently divided about evenly among individual therapy (I still work a lot with teenagers), professional supervision, consultation to schools and organizations, and teaching and training. Part of what informs my career choice is unquestionably my commitment to social change, and a recognition that until people feel personally powerful enough to create change in themselves and in their lives and in their communities, it just ain’t going to happen on the social level.

I find that small-town life suits me, though I sometimes feel that I am in something of a protective cocoon, because the level of problems that we deal with in our small towns does seem manageable compared with some of the rest of the world. Nevertheless, I have also come to appreciate how much of the human experience and human dilemmas is shared and far more universal at its core than it is different, even while being uniquely shaped by our own particular personal history.

Obviously, after 40 years, I can fill in lots more details, including work histories, accomplishments, what are the kids doing, and so on. This is enough for now.

Thomas Ehrenberg CC‘68

- by Tom Ehrenberg
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