Margot Haves

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Haves, Margot L. November 14, 1926 - March 30, 2012 On March 30, 2012, Maggy Haves passed away in her home in Los Angeles, with family, in serene acceptance, at the age of 85. Born on November 14, 1926 in Europe, Maggy was a Holocaust survivor, civil rights activist and early childhood education innovator. She and her husband, Robert Haves, were instrumental in the beginnings of the Peace Corps, living and volunteering in Togo, Africa for 2 years. After the untimely passing of her husband, Maggy, a single parent of twins, continued to be relentless in focusing her life towards the pursuit of peace. In 1976, she founded The Maggy Haves School and helped shape the lives of thousands of families. By drawing from the teachings of Freud, Piaget and Dewey, and combining those teachings with her own findings, Maggy crafted an entirely new language for speaking with children, one which gives them a sense of control over their lives, responsibility for their actions and an awareness of what it means to be human. In her own words, "I once had a dream that all people would live free from oppression, free to express themselves, free to exercise control over their own destiny, and free to live in peace. After many years of activism and contributing to society, so that this dream could become a reality, I realized that it could only happen when children would learn at an early age to function in such a society. My wish is that children will be equipped to move mountains and to become leaders for a better world." Through a gelling of structure and freedom, she created an environment where children learn how to be morally conscious human beings. Further, she taught parents how to respect their children and take them seriously. Among a multitude of letters written to Maggy after her death, one parent said, "You gave us the knowledge, skills and vocabulary to be the parents and people our hearts yearn to be. You exemplified how fierceness and compassion go hand in hand. I will always remember that ferocity; that the well-being of the child comes first, no matter the circumstances. Your light shines on, even if you are done with your body, and we won't get stuck staring up in the clouds looking for you and unable to play." In lieu of flowers, we ask that you help Maggy's work continue by sending donations to The Maggy Haves School, 6100 Coldwater Canyon Ave., North Hollywood, CA 91606. Phone (818) 763-8359. (All donations are tax deductible). There will be a memorial service at The Maggy Haves School on Saturday, May 19th at 1:00 p.m. For more information or to post and read remembrances of Maggy, please visit maggyhaves.com. Maggy is survived by her two children, Hope and Stefan, and her three grandchildren, Hannah, Mason and Tessa.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 9, 2012
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