Retired Local Professor and Psychologist Publishes Late Husband’s Book | Arts and Features
Rosalyn M. Meadow, Ph.D., describes her late husband, Stephen Troub Meadow, as “the embodiment of what a human should be.” The couple, who have been married for 55 years, raised three children together and each went on to successful careers – he as a lawyer practicing securities law and she as a teacher, licensed psychologist and sex therapist for more than 40 years. For three decades, Stephen Meadow researched and began the process of writing his book, “The Creation of the Jewish People”, a book that Rosalyn Meadow compiled and published posthumously in his honor.
“It took a lot of energy and effort, but emotionally it was very restorative and helpful,” Rosalyn Meadow said of compiling and publishing the book.
“The Creation of the Jewish People” challenges traditional theories of the origin of the Hebrew people. “The book argues that the compilation of Hebrew Bible stories was created by an amalgamation of the history and practices of clans, tribes, religious leaders and biblical authors. Their intention was to persuade the illiterate masses to adopt a system of universal law to resolve class and ethnic conflicts between the mutually hostile clans and tribes living in the Land of Israel,” according to the description. “Stephen Meadow reveals how the stories of the Hebrew Bible united often hostile clans and tribes into one people following universal law and worshiping one God. Thus, the former enemies would now consider themselves “one family”, with the same history, the same laws, the same customs and the same religion. »
“Steve was my beloved husband of 55 years,” Rosalyn Meadow wrote in the book’s message. “In addition to his ability to write this important and fascinating book, he had a great capacity for empathy, intellectual insight and a deep understanding of the human condition.”
Rosalyn Meadow recalls that Stephen Meadow’s decades of research for the book included communicating with researchers, authors and professors who had studied in this field and attended several conferences. He studied Greek mythology, Middle Eastern rituals and the Holy Scriptures on several occasions. When she passed away in 2019, she knew she wanted to compile her research into a book to honor his memory. It was released this year and all proceeds from sales are donated to Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. “This organization is important to us because it supports brave people who are helping the Jewish people to survive,” she explains.
Rosalyn Meadow remembers her husband as an intelligent and studious man – there were always copies of the best newspapers, different editions of the Holy Scriptures and hundreds of books in his office. A graduate of Columbia Law School, her career has involved service to her country, her practice of law, her faith and her family, she shared. Her main focus right now is to publicize the book and the accomplishments of her husband, who recently retired from his own practice in Phoenix. She was a licensed psychologist and sex therapy diplomat (certified sex therapist) for decades, in addition to being a professor of sociology at Scottsdale Community College.
“Initially, I had a master’s degree in history and economics – that was in the 1960s, before the height of the feminist movement,” she said. “Colleges weren’t hiring professors to teach history, so I turned to teaching sociology courses that had never been taught before, including human sexuality and women’s studies.”
During this time (which Rosalyn Meadow places in the late 1960s to early 1970s), her classes became so popular that the college began to receive additional funding. She recalled that Stephen Meadow had created a waiver to be signed by parents of students due to the then controversial topics. As she taught and continued her studies, she noticed that many people came to her for help with their sexual and emotional problems. In her late thirties, she enrolled for a doctorate. program with the full support of Stephen Meadow. “My husband was ahead of his time; he helped me get an education at a time when a lot of men wouldn’t,” Rosalyn Meadow said.
After earning her doctorate, Rosalyn Meadow practiced psychology for over 40 years. She has helped people with sexual problems, trained medical professionals in human sexuality, and even researched and published a book based on women’s conflicts over food and sexuality titled “Good Girls Don’t Eat Potatoes.” dessert”. Through all of his successes, Stephen Meadow was by his side.
Now that she has retired, her priority is to publicize “The Creation of the Jewish People”. “Putting the book together was a gift – it gave me purpose, focus and reminded me how much I loved it,” she said.
She notes that the book is available on Amazon and her dream is to put it on the shelves of libraries, colleges and universities. jn
For more information, contact Rosalyn Meadow at [email protected]
Michelle Talsma Everson is a Phoenix-based freelance writer and writer.
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