www.HelenMillerBaileyBio.com / copyright 2014 / Hand sketches by Helen Miller Bailey, PhD during her world travels
Permission to reprint any content of this web site must be obtained from Rita Joiner Soza at RitaSoza@HelenMillerBaileyBio.com
MY SEARCH FOR "DOC" BAILEY:
How I discovered one teacher’s infinite influence
Oprah’s webcast conversation with Eckhart Tolle had started ten minutes before I could get to my computer. I hadn’t known much about Dr. Tolle and hadn’t read his books; but, based on my husband’s enthusiastic consumption of “A New Earth,” I wanted to learn more.
As I pulled on my headset I caught the soft, slow voice in mid-sentence, “there was not a decision as such, rather an overwhelming feeling that I simply must begin to write.” Eckhart Tolle was responding to Oprah’s asking why he chose to begin this new project.
I hadn’t been prepared for this instantaneous connection. The sensation caused a torrent of tears, as fierce as unexpected. Dr. Tolle was describing exactly how the idea of writing Helen Miller Bailey’s biography had come to me—less of a decision and more of a compulsion to take on the work.
Many people had asked me why I was even thinking about Doc; I had no valid answer until that moment at my computer. Tolle somehow gave me the permission to continue to pursue this mission regardless of my basically nonexistent knowledge of my former history professor, Helen Miller Bailey, PhD.
My husband walked into my office just at that moment. I quickly wiped my tears away and exited from the webcast. I felt embarrassed, and a bit confused, this was just a little too existential for me, a pragmatist and business management instructor.
Francisco C. Rodriguez, PhD
Chancellor, Los Angeles Community College District
While not new to The Golden State, I am relatively new to El Pueblo de La Reina de Los Angeles, better known as Los Angeles or LA. The majority of my youth and adult life have been spent in San Francisco and the Sacramento region, where I began my service as an educator and then administrator in public higher education. What brings me to LA is my new role as Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District, the nation’s largest and, perhaps, most diverse community college district; it also educates the country’s poorest community college students with over 65% of the students living at or near the poverty line.
I am a first-generation immigrant, English-language learner from a working class family. Like so many students of the Los Angeles region, my parents came to this country with little formal education. And like my own parents, these parents hold onto the dreams and aspirations of their children with a firm grip, all for the opt chance that the next generation will be better off than the one before. Access to higher education and the opportunity that followed was the door to personal discovery and professional exploration, and to renewed hope that was counter to the generations of poverty and isolation that my family and my ancestors unselfishly endured. Along my educational journey, I greatly benefited by being challenged and supported by great teachers.
. . . READ MORE
View and download the entire two-page foreword.
Readings from the biography of Helen Miller Bailey
October 26, 2013
This 32-minute video contains readings and photos from Helen Miller Bailey's biography which took place during the re-dedication of the Helen Miller Bailey Library at East Los Angeles College.
Helen on horseback in La Crescenta, CA, late 1930s
Helen on just purchased “Navajo” at Big Tujunga stables, 1964
Helen’s parents Maude/Guy Miller at home, Modesto dairy farm
Modesto, CA, dairy farm
Modesto High School, circa 1916
Modesto, CA, welcome sign, late 1940s
Modesto’s J Street, late 1940s
University of California Berkeley campus, 1930
Helen BA or MA grad portrait, Univ. Calif. Berkeley1929/30
Helen on board ship to China for YWCA, summer 1931
Helen taught junior high students in East Los Angeles, 1930-32
Morle playing chess with students at Roosevelt High School
Morle in classroom at Roosevelt High School, L.A., CA
Morle in Physics classroom with Roosevelt High students
Morle and Helen on wedding day, June 18, 1932
Helen and Morle
Helen in USC doctoral gown, June 14, 1934
Morle in USC masters gown, June 14, 1934
Helen’s University of California, PhD degree
Helen on biking and youth hostel trip thru Europe, summer 1936
Helen’s fellow bikers resting, summer 1936
Helen in Europe
Helen in Europe
Helen, Morle, Bruce, Poochee, 2 cats, La Crescenta house, 1937
Bruce, Emma Mae (Marie), Don, Ken Wall on horseback, 1938
Don, Emma Mae (Marie), Ken, and Bruce standing, 1938
Wall kids with two horses, 1938
Bruce Bailey portrait age 14, 1940
Al Campa and Helen, 1938 road trip
(44 states, 4 Canadian provinces)
Helen and Morle and Ted after his adoption in 1941
Helen, Morle and adopted son Ted and puppies
Terry Tobin, Morle, Frazier Moore, Helen, Al Campa, Don and Ted Bailey (Terry, Frazier, and Bill Hillier, former students,
lived with the Baileys upon returning from WWII)
La Crescenta house residents in 1946
La Canada cabin, 1948
Family (adopted and foster) Christmas photo, 1954
Morle seated in front of La Canada fireplace
Helen in front of Morle’s painting, at La Canada home
Helen’s mother seated in front of La Canada home’s hearth
Henry Morle Bailey
Article on Guy H Miller’s death in 1953
Helen, Young Chun Kim, Morle
Hicks’ Camp kids Angie Perez, Antonia Hernandez,
Richard Perez, Paul Perez, Ernest Gutierrez
Helen and Morle before 1955
Helen in ELAC office, holding Santa Cruz of the Etla Hills 1955
Helen, Morle and Young Chun Kim in Venice Italy 1960
Helen reading by La Canada home’s fireplace
Richard Cardoza’s (foster son of 16 years) wedding
Helen in front of her paintings (Kim, Don, Morle, Ted, Al Campa)
Helen in Japan
San Miguel de Allende 1965 Christmas card
(note Helen painting and Morle in wheelchair)
Helen, her paintings, and dear friend
ELAC History Professor Emeritus Eugene Lazare
Retirement ceremony on East Los Angeles College campus 1974
Professor of History Emeritus June 13, 1974 (retirement)
1 - 55
Click on a thumbnail to view a specific image.