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Nadine's daughter, Laura Allan, her son, Jeffrey Lambert & her close friend, Mark Gould

Memorial created 04-27-2006 by
Jennifer Selke
Nadine Lambert
October 21 1926 - April 26 2006

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04-29-2006 8:32 PM -- By: Kimberly Roberts,  From: UC Berkeley  

I believe Nadine had a distinct impact on each student with whom she worked. As I read some of the other testimonies I gather that students recognized her as a rock, a maternal figure, and a means of invaluable support. While my experience with her, at times, embodied each of these elements, she also acted as a major source of intellectual challenge. Never letting me settle in my quest for knowledge she encouraged me to constantly re-think my academic arguments and even my academic pursuits. It is with great appreciation for these challenges and respect for her candor in delivering them that I mourn our loss.

04-29-2006 7:44 PM -- By: Sara Steinberg,  From:  

Nadine will be sorely missed. As one of her students, I always admired Nadine’s expansive knowledge, compelling arguments, and firm opinions. She was a straight shooter, and always inspired her students to do the same. But most of all, I appreciated how Nadine seasoned discussions with her sharp wit and wry sense of humor. She affected many, and I have no doubt that her influence will continue to be widespread and long lasting. I wished I had the opportunity to thank her for so generously sharing her support, insights and indefatigable spirit.

04-29-2006 3:22 PM -- By: Margaret Garcia,  From: California State University, Los Angeles  

I will always have great respect for Nadine's contributions to the field of School Psychology and to my own professional development. But what especially endeared me to Nadine was her love for the Cal Bears, good wine, and Mexican food. She was a passionate woman and enjoyed sharing that passion with fellow enthusiasts. One of my favorite memories of Nadine is when I attended a Cal football game at Stanford with her and Laurie and Karl Klose. Nadine was quite expressive in her support for the Bears and her disdain for the Cardinals! It was fun to see this side of her. When we returned to Nadine's home for dinner, she basically had us make pasta with sauce from scratch and a fresh carmelized pear tart. She served a 15 year old Zinfandel with dinner and it was the first time I had a red wine that I really, really liked. I feel so blessed to have had a mentor to whom I could relate in so many ways. Without forgetting the appropriate levels of fear I experienced when submitting my work for her review, I will always admire Nadine's commitment to her students and her passion for life.

04-29-2006 12:36 PM -- By: Cecil Reynolds,  From: Texas A&M University  

I first met Nadine when she was the featured speaker at the GASP school psychology conference in 1975--my first year as a graduate student at UGA in school psychology. I was frankly in awe of her commnad of our science. That never changed. I was even more impressed by her willingness to spend time and energy with a brand new student in the field, and we became friends following that meeting and remained so. I invited her to speak at a conference in NE when I was on faculty at UNL some years later, and was even more impressed when she correctly diagnosed a mechanical problem with my vette (based on the engine sounds), as she rode with me to and from the airport! And, then there was the time when she asked the wine steward for an off list bottle of wine at Maison Blanche in Washington, which he denied having available, but produced after Nadine mentioned that she recalled Bob Mondavi telling her he had left samples cases for the restaurant--she never ceased to amaze me in so many ways. She was a champion of school psychology but was so much more than that at so many levels and such a complex, caring individual. She will be sorely missed on many, many levels by many more than she knew.

04-29-2006 2:04 AM -- By: Jennifer,  From:  

Nadine was a individual who lived and loved passionately. Believed deeply in her students and children. Worked as hard as she played. Fought for the welfare of others and spoke her mind and held to her principles even if it was not the popular opinion. A fitting way to honor her is to keep that legacy.

I feel like Nadine would want us to live fully- the way she did. That is a tangible way that I can honor her memory. I feel like I now have 2 people to answer to when I die. I will answer to God, but I feel like Nadine will want to know how I lived life fully. She will want stories of the battles I fought and the lives I influenced and taught. She believed so strongly that teaching was the way to change the world. She will want to hear . . . and I best have something to share.

This thought was summed up by a quote from Rabbi Kushner in "When Bad Things Happen to Good People"

Let me suggest that the bad things that happen to us in our lives do not have a meaning when they happen to us. They do not happen for any good reason which would cause us to accept them willingly. But we can give them a meaning. We can redeem these tragedies from senselessness by imposing meaning on them. The question we should be asking is not, 'Why did this happen to me? What did I do to deserve this?' That is really an unanswerable, pointless question... We... need to get over the questions that focus on the past and on the pain.

A better question would be, 'Now that this has happened to me, what am I going to do about it?'...

The facts of life and death are neutral. We, by our responses, give suffering either a positive or a negative meaning. Illness, accidents, human tragedies kill people. But they do not necessarily kill life or faith. If the death and suffering of someone we love makes us bitter, jealous, against all religion, and incapable of happiness, we turn the person who died into one of the 'devil's martyrs'. If suffering and death in someone close to us brings us to explore the limits of our capacity for strength and love and cheerfulness, if it leads us to discover sources of consolation we never knew before, then we make the person into a witness for the affirmation of life rather than its rejection.

This means... that there is one thing we can still do for those we loved and lost. We could not keep them alive. Perhaps we could not even significantly lessen their pain. But the one crucial thing we can do for them after their death is to let them be witnesses for God and for life, rather than, by our despair and loss of faith, making them 'the devil's martyrs'.

Harold Kushner in "When Bad Things Happen to Good People"

Thank you Rabbi Kushner…

04-29-2006 1:29 AM -- By: Maya VanPutten,  From: UC Berkeley  

I am a first year student in the school psychology program, and Nadine was my advisor. She is in fact a large part of the reason why I chose to attend Berkeley. Although my relationship with Nadine was really just beginning, I will always have very fond memories of our conversations. Whenever we spoke, she managed to help me stretch my thoughts in new directions, to pose questions that helped me grow. Through our discussions, I can say that Nadine gave me a lovely gift; somehow, in her gentle, quiet way, she managed to make me feel as if I might have something to say, as if my nascent thoughts had value. In the expanse of self-doubt that sometimes characterizes graduate school, knowing that Nadine, with her myriad accomplishments, seemed to believe in me-- was tremendously comforting and encouraging. I will remember her as a truly bright light in my graduate school experience at Berkeley. I am so proud and grateful to have had the opportunity to get to know her and to work with her. I will miss her very much.

04-29-2006 12:59 AM -- By: Lionel Chan,  From: UCB  

I am very saddened by the passing of Nadine. She always displayed a positive attitude towards various hurdles that faced the JDP and was wonderful at explaining to me the realities of complex Berkeley academic procedures. I always felt confident referring students to her for advice on their dissertation topics, and and was never disappointed when they returned from my suggested meeting with her.

When not teaching, I work with the homeless, some of whom are HIV postive or have AIDS, and prisoners, some of whom are on death row. Several of my friends and family have cancer. For me, Nadine's unexpected passing brought home the following passage from "Ultimate Healing" by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

"We tend to think that we will die soon only if we have cancer, AIDS, or some other life-threatening disease, and that otherwise we can expect to live for a long time. ... The very first thing we must do is give up our fixed idea that we will die soon only if we have a life-threatening disease and that otherwise we will live for a long time. This is completely wrong. Many people who are completely healthy will die today. Actually, more healthy people die each day than sick people. Every day hundreds of thousands of healthy people, people who do not have cancer or AIDS, die in car accidents, wars, and other situations." p.21.

04-29-2006 12:41 AM -- By: Ron Avi Astor,  From: University of Southern California  

Anyone who met Nadine, even if it was for a short time, immediately could feel her strength, determination, keen intellect and conviction. By sheer force of her entire being Nadine helped usher in an entire profession and shepherded one of the premier school psychology programs in the country for 40 years. During this time frame we can recount the hundreds of graduate students she personally mentored and steered into leadership and pioneering positions. She is one of those rare people whose accomplishments were so profound that her profession bestowed on her multiple prestigious awards spread during the course of her lifetime. But it’s what she preached and what she believed as the cornerstone of change—that forever changed my views of transforming education. She strongly believed that a single person could profoundly effect the behaviors and lives of another—She had a deep understanding that if done correctly, a meaningful transaction not only changed that one person—rather a change in thought and behaviors had the potential of impacting a wide ripple of people that went beyond the original dyad. Applied to schools and teachers, Nadine was a staunch supporter of consultation methods that indirectly could affect the mental health and schooling of thousands of students by supporting their teachers. Early on, she understood that the potential for helping at risk students by one psychologist, social worker, counselor or administrator could be multiplied geometrically if they adopted a consultation model. She was decades ahead of her time with this type of thinking. And when I think of Nadine’s contributions to me—they are so numerous that the only way I can repay her is by modeling what she taught me to my students—Passing on her still potent message and perspectives. Her support and nurturance of each student is only the iceberg tip of her contribution. Her force ripples like the waves in a pond from student to student –and effecting thousands who she never knew or met. And they, in turn use her knowledge to improve the lives of countless students and teachers. So while in my mind I’ve recounted the chances she took with me, and how she encouraged my life direction, I’m also thinking about the many souls she has touched who will never know her. This was a holy life rooted in altruism, reparation of the world, and a pursuit of truth for the common good of children and schools. I miss her.

04-28-2006 10:34 PM -- By: Sarah Griffin,  From: UC Berkeley  

With such a distinguished influence on the field and tremendous plate full of academic responsibilities, I was always impressed by the way Nadine cared so deeply about mentoring individual students. Always ready to get her hands dirty to help us sort through our ideas or offer another viewpoint to push our thinking . . . and always looking out for us. Beyond her many awards and publications, she was a true educator at heart. Graduate students in our program, and many others, were the lucky benefactors of this spirit — of her motherly encouragement, seasoned wisdom, and unforgettable wit. I can’t imagine Tolman without her.

04-28-2006 9:07 PM -- By: Ellen Cook,  From: Jt. Doc Program in Special Education  

04-28-2006 8:26 PM -- By: Barbara Storms,  From: CSU East Bay  

I very much appreciated Nadine's hard work on making the Joint Doctoral Program "doable" for students. She helped translate UC requirements into processes that made sense for students and her CSU colleagues. She will be sorely missed.

04-28-2006 8:19 PM -- By: Michael T. Lyons,  From: San Jose, CA  

Nadine was instrumental in my continuance in the Joint Doctoral Program here at Berkeley. During a difficult time in the program, she displayed compassion and kindness that I will always remember. I found Nadine to be such a nurturing and caring individual. My prayers and condolences to the family…

Mike L Cohert-II

04-28-2006 8:12 PM -- By: Katherine Kixmiller,  From: Menlo Park, CA/UC Berkeley  

I have felt rather lost these last few days, as I am trying to accept that a person who acted as a rock in my life is now gone. The graduate school experience, especially at CAL : ) , can at times feel overwhelming and disorienting, leaving one wondering if they have made the right choices and if their work will be productive, fulfulling, and meaningful to others. For me, and I believe for those in my cohort, Nadine alleviated many of these concerns and expressed sincere faith in our efforts, as only a skilled mentor could. She acted as an inspiration for me and as a guide in navigating the journey. Nadine encouraged me to enter the field of school psychology and pushed me to excel, ever so gently, since the very first day we met. I miss her already and I simply can't imagine entering Tolman Hall and not seeing her. I feel she was keeping her eye out for us and ensuring our progress - both as doctoral students and as creative thinkers. We will have to work even harder to meet her expectations in spite of no longer having her precious support. I hope this will be an opportunity for our program to come together and support one another as we adjust to a great loss.

04-28-2006 7:21 PM -- By: Craig Zercher,  From: San Jose  

Dr. Lambert was my advisor and a member of my orals committee while I was a student in the Joint Doctoral Program in Special Education (1996-2002). I took her seminar every semester I was at CAL. It was a privilege to see her mentor her students. She had high expectations for us, and over time you could see the kindness and the caring underlying everything. She was of a generation that could appear kind of gruff, but who always came through for you when you really needed them. My condolences to everyone who knew her, and especially to her family.

04-28-2006 6:35 PM -- By: Sheri Atwater,  From: California State University, Los Angeles  

I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Nadine as my advisor, mentor, and professor at Berkeley from 1998-2003. Last summer at APA, Nadine kindly introduced me to all of the "bigwigs" in School Psychology, each of whom considered her a friend. Last month at NASP, I again had the pleasure of seeing her at SPEC and was reminded of her strong presence and committment to the field. Nadine, you used to joke that my field of research was "a bit off":), and I promise to remember you in that way: as someone whose satirical sense of humor and committment to the field was ever present. My thoughts go out to all of her colleagues, family and friends who will miss her dearly.

Always, Sheri

04-28-2006 6:33 PM -- By: Mary Banach,  From:  

I returned to work at Berkeley last month. I took the job because I was truly delighted that I would have the opportunity to work closely with Nadine. We spent last Monday morning making big plans and discussing how we would approach a myriad of issues. I did not take notes at the time because we were planning on following our discussion up with e-mails outlining the items that we discussed. I miss her so much. I am counting on Nadine standing over me and guiding me as I try to attempt to follow through on her suggestions.

04-28-2006 5:13 PM -- By: Billy Luh,  From: San Francisco, CA  

In the brief time since I joined the GSE as Nadine's staff contact, I've come to admire her vivaciousness and warmth. Even when chatting informally in the Tolman hallway about her Comcast internet account being down, Nadine would speak with passion and a great smile. This was my unfortunate last contact with her the Friday before the accident, and I believe this account exemplifies the spirit of Nadine Lambert. Whether it was about academics or everyday life, Nadine had an aura that brought life to Tolman Hall. Her absence will surely leave a void that will be hard to fill. We will always remember you, Nadine!

04-28-2006 5:06 PM -- By: Parisa Muller,  From:  

I was so sad to hear the news yesterday of the death of my first mentor, Professor Lambert. If it hadn't been for her, I would have never pushed on through and finished my degree. Her dedication to children and education was inspiring.

04-28-2006 5:01 PM -- By: Sharon,  From: Atlanta GA  

I am so sorry to read of the accident and very recent loss of Professor Lambert. She sounds like she made such an important contribution to her field and will be greatly missed. My deep sympathies to all who knew and loved her. If you need any assistance with any part of her memorial please feel free to email me directly. I would be most honored to help warmest regards Sharon

04-28-2006 5:01 PM -- By: Billy Luh,  From: San Francisco, CA  

In the brief time since I joined the GSE as Nadine's staff contact, I've come to admire her vivaciousness and warmth. Even when chatting informally in the Tolman hallway about her Comcast internet account being down, Nadine would speak with passion and a great smile. This was my unfortunate last contact with her the Friday before the accident, and I believe this account exemplifies the spirit of Nadine Lambert. Whether it was about academics or everyday life, Nadine had an aura that brought life to Tolman Hall. Her absence will surely leave a void that will be hard to fill. We will always remember you, Nadine!

04-28-2006 4:03 PM -- By: Susan Holloway,  From:  

I have always admired Nadine's commitment to this University and to the School Psychology Program. She was a brilliant tactician when it came to making things work within the UCB system. I also admire Nadine for being a pioneer in an era when it was much harder for women to achieve success in academia than it is today. While I did not know her during her surfing days, I could always imagine her jumping on a surfboard while other young women were hanging out on the beach. Nadine was a fixture on our hallway -- I can't imagine walking by her office and seeing a closed door.

04-28-2006 2:39 PM -- By: Karen Sullivan,  From: GSE  

Professor Lambert has always been an inspiration to me in her level of energy and interest and dedication to her field of school psychology. Nadine took time to help me work through some problems we were having with our son, who has learning disabilities, not discovered until the high school years. But more than that Nadine's love of life, sense of humor here in academia brought a level of reality to our work, as well as the sense of not taking ourselves "too seriously". She was a true scholar, an amazing woman, and a friend. I'll miss her and always remember her.

04-28-2006 1:40 PM -- By: michelle charpentier,  From: Berkeley  

Nadine was the one at Berkeley I knew was looking out for me. While she demanded much, she treated me gently and was encouraging. I always felt Nadine expected great things from me and would be there to support me. Nadine's death leaves a hole it will be hard to try to fill.

04-28-2006 12:34 PM -- By: Kathryn Day,  From: Cumbria, U.K.  

For all of her students Nadine's vision of school psychology has given us the potential to make our careers and lives immeasurably richer and of greater service to children. As a researcher her experience allowed her to lend substantial support to any number of projects in a wide range of fields in her research seminars and elsewhere. As a mentor and a friend Nadine as a dedicated, original, warm-hearted,forthright and supportive person who always made time and gave her best. I know that I will miss her time and time again throughout the years and appreciate the gifts she brought to us all.

04-28-2006 7:52 AM -- By: Geoffrey Saxe,  From: Berkeley  

Two office doors away, I was a more than occasional stop of Nadine's as she moved through the corridor between the 4th floor elevator and her Tolman home. From discussions of Allen Black's racquet ball prowess, surfing in her youth, as well as her opinions on pressing concerns related to departmental politics and the importance of developmental/psychological perspectives on education, I was always struck that even at times when she was in ill-health that Nadine was SO engaged -- a vital force at 79. I miss her.

04-28-2006 1:45 AM -- By: Kristen Hoagland,  From: Modesto, CA  

Thank you so much for setting up the virtual memorial website. Nadine is (was) my dissertation chair, and I know she is as good as they get. She has inspired me on so many occasions; I will miss her very much. I am truly blessed to have been able to share my doctoral journey with her - to have benefited from her unwavering and continued guidance and support for the past several years. Her legacy will surely live on in all those whose lives she has touched.

04-28-2006 1:08 AM -- By: Michael Prada,  From: San Leandro, CA  

I am shocked and saddened by her passing. I greatly appreciated her insight and support.

04-28-2006 12:56 AM -- By: Tracy Catalde,  From: Contra Costa, CA  

While I did not have the pleasure of being a student and/or personal friend of Nadine's, I have been so very moved by her passing! As a fellow school psychologist, I have been deeply impacted by her work over these last 16 years. More recently, I have come to know a number of special people who studied under Nadine and called her "my friend."

Those of us who have lived a while know how rare it is indeed to find an individual who so many hold in such high regard. It is rarer still when that person is spoken of with such fondness to the point of inspiring others.

She blazed a trail when few existed for women in psychology and higher education. She befriended and mentored many, helping each to find their way; and she continues to inspire us to achieve even more in the name of children and the profession we all love so dearly!

She will be deeply missed.

04-27-2006 11:56 PM -- By: Jennifer Selke,  From: Berkeley, CA  

Nadine's passing has left a huge hole. She will be deeply missed. I will always remember her saying, "When will this camp-phase be over?" She was referring to my summer job as a camp director. She would always forward me job notices of tenure-track positions at major universities. Once I graduated and she signed off on that dissertation I broke the news that I was considering makeing the "camp-thing" a career. I was not sure how she would take it. The following fall I got a call from to join her in this learner-center symposium because it was lacking someone with a practical sports-camp-recreation focus and she considered that an important addition. That was Nadine, always wanting the best for me and willing to let my dreams supersede her dreams for me. She jump-in with both feet as my biggest supporter and fan. With ber belief in me I could do anything! I only hope I can have half the impact on with world that she has had. Rest well Nadine and know that you have truly changed the world one person at a time.


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