By Lois Goldstein
Think globally, act locally is a phrase that could have been written with Caryl Beal in mind. Caryl, who died on April 7, had strong beliefs that she linked to action. Her primary passions were World Peace, especially when linked to nuclear issues, and Living in a Democracy, by understanding what government is, what it should be, and how it can be influenced or changed. She believed in maintaining frequent contact with one’s legislative representatives on local, state and national levels.
Caryl had been a loyal and generous supporter of the Merton Center for many years, served on the Peace Links board throughout its 20 plus years’ history, and had been a member of the League of Women Voters for more than 50 years. Her most recent cause had been to search for ways to educate people to understand and counter the anti-Public Education campaign being waged by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy De Vos, and others, under the banner of CHOICE.
Caryl’s large, devoted family are planning to have a celebration of her life sometime in the near future. Stay tuned.
Lois Goldstein is a volunteer at the Thomas Merton Center.