Something on My Mind: Kate Jowell - A Battle with Alzheimer's

Something on My Mind: Kate Jowell - A Battle with Alzheimer's

by Sharon Sorour-Morris
     
 

ISBN-10: 1770200908

ISBN-13: 9781770200906

Pub. Date: 03/29/2011

Publisher: Random House Struik

Kate Jowell was the director of the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business – the first woman to hold such office in South Africa – when, at the age of 59, she was diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s disease. Attractive, glamorous and hard-working, she had, up till then, been a brilliant thinker whose high-profile career included

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Kate Jowell was the director of the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business – the first woman to hold such office in South Africa – when, at the age of 59, she was diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s disease. Attractive, glamorous and hard-working, she had, up till then, been a brilliant thinker whose high-profile career included being one of the first editors of women’s magazine Fair Lady, and establishing herself as a labor specialist at the height of industrial unrest in the 1980s, when she became a pioneering consultant and a highly regarded business academic. Sharon Sorour-Morris met Kate Jowell at the end of 2002 and spent the following year working closely with her, recording her devastating mental decline and capturing the memories of those who were closely involved in her life. Something on My Mind is a deeply personal story handled with great sensitivity, covering a topic that is rarely brought into the open. It also recounts a fascinating social history, as Kate’s life crossed that of many well-known personalities: Albie Sachs, Jenny le Roux, Gorry Bowes Taylor, Sydney Baker, Sue MacGregor, former President FW de Klerk, Denis Worrall, George Ellis and Mamphela Ramphele, among others, as well as interesting international academics such as Robert Rotberg.

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"Kate Jowell was the director of the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business (the first woman to hold such an office in South Africa) when she was diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer's disease at age 59. Sharon Sorour-Morris, an award-winning magazine journalist, spent a year recording Kate's recollections and those of her family, friends, and colleagues, offering a portrait of a brilliant, successful woman facing early Alzheimer's with an indomitable spirit. The book recounts Kate's education and career and her encounters with well-known business, political, and academic personalities, as well as her marriage and family life, and her perceptions of the terrifying symptoms of disorientation that began on a vacation. The book also explores the impact of Alzheimer's on Kate's family. B&w and color family photos are included."
Book News, Inc., 2011/02

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770200906
Publisher:
Random House Struik
Publication date:
03/29/2011
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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