Lakshmi Kripalani, MA 66' passed away at the age of 93 on Tuesday, November 12. She was prominent leader within Montessori education, learning from Maria Montessori herself and opening schools both domestic and abroad. For two decades she worked in India, teaching refugees and children in the Indian Army. She then helped the movement grow in the United States, writing a quarterly column for the Public School Montessorian, a newspaper sent to all Montessori schools in America, and opening Montessori training centers.
Kripalani was known for her ability to bring together children of all backgrounds, teaching them to overcome social, cultural, and language barriers. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Montessori Society in 2010. In 2012 she was honored at the annual "Many Are One" Alumni Awards Gala, an event created to celebrate Seton Hall alumni who have made a positive impact on the world, and was awarded the College of Education and Human Services Alumni Service Award.
The College of Education and Human Services would like to offer their condolences to her friends and family.
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