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So far just photos. 21-06-03
All photos by Barbara Wenger
Ann Overton wrote: Pam was
a courageous person with great integrity.
In her college days before coming to Zen Center, she got a scholarship to Smith
College. This didn’t turn out well because she felt so separate from the
dominant culture at the school. I think she had a lot of sympathy with people
who didn’t feel their values and personalities matched up with the groups or
communities they were in. She transferred to a state university. Perhaps it was
U of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I’m not sure.
From Zen Center, Pam moved to Colorado to be with Pema Chodron.
I was in Japan when she died. This is what I heard—-she was driving alone on a
mountain road and somehow lost control of the car. She (in the car) tumbled down
the steep side of the road. That is when she died. Prior to that time she’d had
a medical problem with getting enough oxygen into her lungs (or absorbing the
oxygen when it was in her lungs?) When she died, some people felt that perhaps
she lost consciousness due to this medical problem while she was driving.
Tassajara, Winter Spring practice period
1975. Sent by Linda Wong who wrote:
Pam was Avery close friend of mine . I had even asked her to be
the godmother for my daughter Nevada. This photo was taken at
Tassajara during the winter practice period of 1975. My daughter
and I were there because my husband Bill Lane was the Shuso.
Michael Wenger was Bill’s benji (assistant to head monk). Pam and Michael were a couple
then. I lost track of Pam when she went to Colorado. But if I am
remembering correctly she was suffering from environmental
allergies and things were physically difficult for her.
Pam with Laura Burges
with Julie Bongers
during Marble Cone Fire - at ZC Jamesburg house
Left to right: Pam Chernoff, Mayumi Oda, Elizabeth Sawyer, Iva
Jones, Chris Fortin, Rusa Chu, Amy Richmond, Katherine Thanas,
and Gordi Yalda.
Pam went to this event