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Kirst, Wendy

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Wendy Kirst

Drew Altizer Photography
Oral History Project: 
John W. Gardner Legacy Oral History Project
Mancini, Nancy
Interview Year: 
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Wendy Kirst shares memories of the times that she and John W. Gardner crossed paths during his lifetime. She begins by describing her youth in Chicago, her college education at Smith, and her time in secretarial school. Kirst then recalls how she was hired to work as “secretary number two” for Gardner when he was at the Urban Coalition and describes following him to Common Cause. Years later, Kirst reconnected with Gardner when he moved back to Stanford and into a house near the Kirsts. She shares details of hosting Gardner’s 80th birthday party and memories of Gardner and his wife, Aida.

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