OGUNQUIT, Maine - Michele Toomey, of Bloomfield, CT, passed away suddenly while vacationing in Ogunquit, Maine, on September 21, 2013. She leaves her life partner Helen Yott, her brother William Toomey, niece Heather (Toomey) Fici, and nephew Robert Toomey.
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Michele was born Mildred Mary Toomey to Vincent and Clara B. Toomey in Randolph, VT.
She graduated from Hartford High School in Vermont.
After graduation, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in Rutland, VT, and took the name Sister Bernard Michele. She taught for several years at Mount St. Joseph Academy. She then attended Harvard University, completing her Master's as well as Ph.D. degrees. After the completion of her Doctoral work she taught at Trinity College in Hartford, CT.
Later, she and Helen Yott founded Women's Workshop, which applied the principles of Liberation Psychology that Michele pioneered.
Most recently, her energies were concentrated on bringing insights of Liberation Psychology, accountability and communication into schools in the context of anti-bullying programs.
To this end, a non-profit fund has been established, in the name of "Michele Toomey, Ph.D. Anti-Bullying Project." Donations may be sent to this fund addressed to Virginia Hoerle, 10 Woodland Avenue, Bloomfield, CT 06002. This fund will ensure the continuation of Dr. Toomey's most recent important work.
Memorial services are private and will be held at her home.
Local arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer Street, Kennebunk; www.bibberfuneral.com
Published in Rutland Herald on Oct. 5, 2013
Bibber Memorial Chapel
67 Summer Street Kennebunk, ME 04043