Ex-Bangor resident finds self in 50-year-old article

Posted Aug. 27, 2010, at 11:42 p.m.
Dr. Charlotte Schwab. Courtesy photo.
Dr. Charlotte Schwab. Courtesy photo.

BANGOR, Maine — Charlotte Schwab grew up on Adams Street in Bangor but has spent the majority of her life living out of state.

The 77-year-old, who is an accomplished psychotherapist and author, returned to visit her hometown Thursday and surprisingly found a feature about herself from 50 years ago in The Weekly’s “Yesterday” column.

“I would call it more than a coincidence,” she said Friday. “What a welcome Bangor gives me.”

When she and her husband, Edgar Rosenberg, arrived in town they picked up the Bangor Daily News, which includes The Weekly on Thursdays. Her husband was reading The Weekly when his eyes fell upon his wife’s name.

“He said, ‘Well, honey, they knew you were coming,’” Schwab recalled. “I said, ‘My goodness. Is that serendipitous.’”

The last time the 1951 Bangor High School graduate visited the Queen City was 12 years ago, so it was surprising for her to see her name in the local newspaper. She decided the newspaper article was a sign she belonged here.

“I bought a plot in the cemetery, so now I own real estate,” Schwab said, giving a little chuckle.

The Weekly article was a reprint of an Aug. 26, 1960, New York Post piece about Schwab, then 27, who was living in New York and working on plans to create affordable housing for those living in the Big Apple.

“We couldn’t afford the [price] of housing in New York,” she said.

She and her family eventually moved from East 8th Street in Greenwich Village to Scarsdale, N.Y. Schwab, who earned degrees in English and psychology from the University of Michigan in 1955, went on to be a professor of social psychology and a psychotherapist for more than 25 years, mostly in the New York metropolitan area.

In 2000, she moved to Delray Beach, Fla., and continued to practice in that state.

In addition to the most recent Weekly article, Schwab also was featured in the Bangor Daily News in 2002, when she released her “Sex, Lies, and Rabbis: Breaking a Sacred Trust.”

Her book “is the first book of its kind to detail the problem of rabbinical sexual abuse in Judaism,” her website states.

The trip to Maine was a homecoming and a way to show her new husband her roots.

“I got married again three years ago and I wanted to show my husband where I grew up and I wanted to visit people and the cemetery,” Schwab said.

Even though she just purchased “real estate,” she said she hopes it will be years before her final trip home.

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