- Published: November 1, 2012
A resident of Yellow Springs for 15 years, Alice Rabson died on Oct. 22 in Fredericksburg, Va. She was 92.
Alice came to Yellow Springs in 1953 with her husband, Gustave Rabson, who taught in the department of mathematics at Antioch College, and their two children, Steve and Ann. She worked as a researcher in child development at the Fels Institute, leaving Yellow Springs temporarily to complete a Ph.D. in psychology at Purdue University. Her two children attended the Antioch School and graduated from Bryan High School.
Alice moved to Fredericksburg in 1969 to teach psychology at Mary Washington College (now the University of Mary Washington.) After retiring in 1985, she joined the Peace Corps and served for two years as a health counselor in the Marshall Islands. She was a devoted activist, demonstrating for civil rights and against the war in Vietnam, and co-founding the local Fredericksburg chapter of the National Organization for Women. She also worked as a psychotherapist, who specialized in counseling for couples and women, co-founding the Rappahannock Council on Domestic Violence.
Besides her two children, both living in Fredericksburg, she is survived by two grandchildren, Elizabeth Schnore (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Kenji Rabson (Stockholm, Sweden), and three great-grandchildren.