Laura Potash

Laura Potash Bradford Coleman—2008

Laura Potash Bradford Coleman (Keith)

474 West Main Street, Auburntown, TN 37016

615- 464-2563

I graduated from U of L in 1967 with a B.A. in Sociology and Education. Later, in 1975, in Hollywood, CA, I earned a certificate in Drug and Alcohol Counseling from HMO, Inc. I earned a M.Ed. in Special Education from U of L in 1967; I took classes at the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus in 1968 and California State University-Long Beach in 1977. I earned a M.A. (1981) and a Ph.D. (1985) in psychology from International College/Union Graduate School.

After the death of my husband, I closed my counseling practice and returned to teaching. In 2003, I was awarded a Summer Fellowship in Journalism Education by the American Society of Newspaper Editors to Ball State.

I have worked as a Special Education Teacher, Drug and Alcohol Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice, Journalism Teacher, and ghostwriter. For a year or so, I had a weekly newspaper column in Edgewood, New Mexico.

Currently, I start in school all over again next month. I’ll be taking the art classes I feel I need to support my attempts at illustrating the children’s books I have been writing.

I made a lot of money, lost a lot of money, made more money, participated in interesting and boring activities, and made great as well as terrible decisions.

I lived in St. Louis, Mo., Los Angeles, the East Mountains and Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Auburntown, TN.

My relationships have been rich: Incredible mentors, good friends, 2 loving husbands [and one bad marriage], interesting clients, patients and students, delightful children and grandchildren. This has led to an incredibly rich and satisfying life. I write, design websites, brochures and flyers for family and friends. Many of my writings can be found on the WWW under my previous married name: Laura Russell, Ph.D.

In 2003, it was a privilege to renew my friendship with Barbara Strauss. We experienced cancer at the same time, she with lung cancer and me with lymphoma. We spent hours on the telephone like we did when we were 14. She was an intelligent, witty, creative, giving, loving and delightful friend. She is greatly missed.

Jul 15, 2008 

Seneca High School—Class of '63