Phyllis Buckner Meisel
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MEISEL, Phyllis Buckner Of Duxbury, MA died on January 29. She was born in Boston. She is survived by her daughter Ellen Walker Meisel Barrett, son in law John Ford Barrett and her granddaughter Sophia Buckner Barrett all of Duxbury. She was the wife of the late Robert Charles Meisel who died in 2005. They were married for 48 years and lived in Winchester, Wellesley and summered in Duxbury. Mr. & Mrs. Meisel moved to Duxbury year round in 1986. Mrs. Meisel attended The Cathedral Episcopal School for Girls at St. Mary's in New York. Mrs. Meisel graduated from Wheaton College, Norton, MA. She was the Executive Director and Founder of Orton Gillingham Associates, LLC. Prior to that Mrs. Meisel was the Director of the Reading Disabilities Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital for 18 years. In addition to her work at MGH, Mrs. Meisel helped to establish and pioneer a national teacher training program to tutor children with dyslexia with the Children's Dyslexia Centers, Inc. She was the Executive Director for Clinical Affairs with the 32 Masonic Learning Centers for Children. Mrs. Meisel was President of the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council. She also served on the International Dyslexia Association Task Force and Alliance for Certification and Credentialing. Mrs. Meisel was a Founding Member and Board Member of the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. She began her career as a teacher at Dedham Country Day School. Mrs. Meisel did extensive volunteer work and was a trustee at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary for 40 years. She was a former member of The Vincent Club in Boston and a member of the Duxbury Yacht Club. A memorial service is being planned for the spring in Duxbury, MA. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Fairy Dogparents, P.O. Box 1342, Duxbury, MA 02331. Phone: 617-359-0938. is a nonprofit organization that helps prevent dogs from being surrendered to shelters. They provide temporary financial assistance for food, medical & general wellness needs for dogs at risk. Arrangements by: Shepherd Funeral Homes.

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Published in Boston Globe from Feb. 6 to Feb. 7, 2012.
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November 30, 2012
Dear Ellen,
I recently learned of you mom's passing. I met her over twenty years ago during the first year she took over as head of the MGH Reading Clinic. She was an amazing graceful lady. The OG training I learned from her has helped me throughout my teaching career. I am so sorry for your loss.
Sincerely Meredith Crowley
September 17, 2012
Dear Ellen,
I come to this knowledge of your mother's passing late, but am glad to know. She hired me to work at the Reading Disabilities Unit its last year at MGH. Before that I had studied under her and received my certificate from the program at the unit in 2002. Your mother had such a profound effect on my understanding of the OG approach. I have often quoted something that I always remembered her saying, "When a student leaves your tutoring session, they should be happy. If they are not, you have not done your job." How blessed you are to be her daughter and that your daughter had the chance to know her, if even for a short time in her life.
Blessings to you ad your family.
Barbara Duris, Lowell, MA
Barbara Duris
February 18, 2012
Dear Ellen,
I am so sorry to hear of your mother's death. We have lost a great leader. I enjoyed working with her on the startups of OGA, IMSLEC, and the Masonic centers. We had long talks when I stayed with your mother and father on some of the Boston visits. I shall miss her.
Arlene Sonday
February 17, 2012
Dear Ellen,
I do not know if you remember me; your mother trained me at the Reading Clinic the same year you were trained. I am saddened by her passing. Your mother's guidance, spirit, compassion, and incredible expertise and insight will not be forgotten. It has been a long time, but memories of both of you have infused my career. To this day, for example, I share her advice on how to pronounce multisyllablic words with my students, as she gave it. The same is true for how she taught the differences between a short o sound and au/aw--the bane of many Californians' knowledge base. More than that, your mother was such a gentle soul--a kind, loving, gentle soul. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Regen Murray (San Francisco)
Regen Murray
February 14, 2012
Dear Ellen,
I was saddened to learn of Phyllis's death. We shared many wonderful memories during the 1980s and 90s. I especially remember a week spent in Santa Fe together with your Dad when the OGA was incorporated. Mark and I send our deepest sympathy.
Helaine Schupack
February 13, 2012
Dear Ellen and Family,
I was sad to learn of Phyllis' death. I remember her fondly as a knowledgeable, savvy, dedicated and compassionate teacher. I went to her clinic a few times to give presentations, and remember clearly how she presided over the clinic's activities and kept everyone focused on the best information and best practices. I remember her sense of humor and the spirit of excellence she brought to the training of teachers, little bits of her spirit that have stayed with me always. My sympathy to all. Louisa Moats
February 9, 2012
Ellen, John & Sophia
Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Both you and your Mom were so much alike...she lives on in YOU, and in everything you do. What a gift! You are blessed to be able to call her 'Mum'....much love, Liz, Mike & Brianna
Liz Scallon
February 8, 2012
Dear Ellen and family,

I am so sad to hear of your mom's passing. Your mom was a great lady...a role model and an inspiration to all of us who worked to help children with dyslexia. She will be missed.
Candace Sussman
February 8, 2012
Dear Ellen,

Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother. I had the privilege of working with Phyllis through the Children's Dyslexia Center in Lexington. She had a profound impact on children in need and the world will be a lesser place without her.

Judi Forand
Children's Dyslexia Centers, Inc.
February 7, 2012
Ellen, John and Sophia,
Please know that our thoughts and heavy hearts are with you now and always. Phyllis was a woman of grace and class, and she touched my life very personally with her warmth, love and support. It is comforting to think of Phyllis, Bob and Priscilla watching over us and our children and guiding us by their example and love which will always be etched in our hearts.
Love, Lauren, Peter, Hilary and Matthew
February 7, 2012
Dear Ellen,

I am deeply saddened by the death of your mother and I extend my sincere condolences at this very difficult time for you and your family. Phyllis will always remain in my heart and memory. She was the driving force behind the MGH program and she imbued all her trainees with confidence and practical wisdom. In a way she was a mother to us all. She will be sorely missed.

My deepest sympathy,

Joyce Gillis,
Director, Chidren's Dyslexia Center - Lexington
February 7, 2012
Dear Ellen,

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time of sorrow and loss. Your mother was a great lady who touched so many, made a difference and changed the lives of children and professionals in the field of dyslexia. She will be remembered with respect, admiration and love from me.
With heartfelt sympathy,
Marilyn Mathis
Director, Children's Learning Centers of Allentown, PA
February 7, 2012
Phyllis's passing is a great loss. As a Dyslexia Center director, I knew Phyllis as someone who was kind, direct, and stood up for what was right. My deepest condolences to the family. May your happy memories sustain you.
Gina Cooke
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