BEVERLY BUSCHING DECEMBER 20, 2012 Beverly Ann Busching of Santa Fe passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday, December 20, 2012, of ovarian cancer. She was born in Dallas, Texas on July 6, 1937. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University, receiving a BA in Psychology, in 1958. She was awarded a Masters in Elementary Education from Harvard University and an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Virginia. Beverly taught in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina until she retired in 2002 as a Distinguished Professor Emeritus. Throughout her career she was recognized with numerous awards and honors and was invited to teach at international schools in Kenya, Singapore, Burma, Burkina Faso, and Sweden. In 1982, she founded the Midlands Writing Project, a collaborative program of the University and South Carolina school districts dedicated to improving the teaching of writing in elementary and secondary schools. She also worked with the National Writing Project to create a national network of local leaders who explored ways to connect schools with their communities. She published extensively in her field, including her most recent book, It's Our World Too: Socially Responsive Learners in Middle School Language Arts. After relocating to Santa Fe in 2002, she continued as a consultant to teacher education programs. Beverly was a longtime member of the Religious Society of Friends and a beloved member of the Santa Fe Friends Meeting. Her pacifism and commitment to the tenants of Quakerism were the foundation of a lifestyle of simplicity and lifelong participation in the peace movement and other social justice movements. She had an active mind, always finding precise words to express opinions with both kindness and strength. She also expressed herself as an accomplished painter. Her family and many cherished friends will remember her generosity, grace, and intelligence as well as her love of books, art, music and nature. Beverly led and participated in many volunteer projects. She was active in the League of Women Voters Santa Fe County, a member of the board and treasurer of the Alternatives to Violence Project of Northern New Mexico, a member of the board of the Conservation Voters New Mexico Education Fund, among other volunteer activities. Beverly is survived by two children, Sarah Busching of Harrisonburg, Virginia and Alice Reynolds (Daniel) of San Francisco, California, and their father, Bruce Busching of Harrisonburg, Virginia; brother, Alan Bell (Inger); two grandchildren, Ruby and Oscar Reynolds; niece, Kirsten Bell (Aref); nephew, Duncan Bell (Melanie); and five grand nieces and one grand nephew. A memorial service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on February 23, 2013 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe, 107 West Barcelona Road.
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican from Dec. 29 to Dec. 30, 2012