Saturday, 20 June 2009

CE honours, 2000-2005

Before and after which...?

In a second blog-posting Norman Perrin has been wondering further about public honours for Conductive Education.

A friend of CE asked me today whether anyone else in the world of CE, other than Helen Somerset How, had ever received an Honour of any sort…

The award to Helen was perhaps the first to include conductive education in the citation. My colleague, Karen Hague, the co-founder of Paces, and a parent, like myself and Helen, whose daughter is now 27, received an MBE in 2004, I think, but the citation did not specifically mention CE.

The question set me wondering about honours or awards or indeed any form of public recognition, to people working in CE settings (or indeed to CE centres). Perhaps Gill might help us compile a list.

A partial archive

At one time the Conductive Chronicle, part of the then Conductive Education Online, attempted to record some part of what was happening in the world of Conductive Education. This included news of individuals or organisations honoured by their local communities, or by their countries, for advancing the cause of Conductive Education.

That record was unlikely to have been complete as recipients rarely took effort to notify their peers of their good fortune A pity, as others might have used the information to help argue their own cause.

June 2004
Karen Hague, appointed MBE
December 2003
Susan Dean, one of Cleveland Magazine's 'Most Interesting People of 2004'
4 October 2003
Transamerica Life Canada, appointed Member of the Jonas Salk Circle
September 2003
Sue Cornell, elected Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex
May 2001
Patti Herbst, a Chicagoan of the Year
May 2001
Kinga Cségenyi, awarded special plaque from Women's Federation for World Peace (Unification Church)
October 2000
Emma McDowell, appointed Member of Civic Forum of Northern Ireland Assembly
June 2000
Ann Murray, appointed ONZM

This is as far back as I have time/facilities to search back.

Grande Bretagne, quatre points

In answer to Norman’s specific question, as far a ‘British’ honours go, Anne Murray’s ONZM is equivalent to the MBEs awarded Helen Somerset How and Karen Hague, so the score so far in that department, counting Mária Hári’s Honorary OBE, presently stands at four.


The question is not, however, a simple one, particularly in respect to what precisely can be regarded as an ‘honour’. The list above was posted informally on Conductive Chronicle, as and when news was spotted, with no particular criteria in mind.

Maybe now one might have done it differently, but that was then.

In Hungary

Mária Hári was awarded the State Prize, back in the seventies, for developing professional training for conductors. That was under Socialism. I believe that she received other official awards later but I have no specific information on this immediately to hand.

András Peto does not appear to have attracted gongs (or stars, as least, as far as anybody knows).

Maybe lesser Hungarian CE luminaries have also been honoured in Hungary, but if they have I do not know.


I have no information of awards for working in CE in countries other than New Zealand, Hungary, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Some practical archival problems

Norman asks whether Gill might oblige. I leave her to answer this for herself.

1. One can archive only the information that one has. Maybe all sorts of public recognition is being made but archivists cannot record this unless they hear of it.

2. That presumes an archive in the first place. There is no continuous archive anywhere of the internationalisation of Conductive Education.

3. Its seems highly unlikely that there are many concious plans to maintain, preserve or bequeath the large numbers of personal and institutional records that presently exist across the world. Large amounts will have already been intentionally destroyed or just ‘lost’, and plenty more will presumably follow it into oblivion.

All this, of course, concerns records of many other matters far, far more important than mere ‘honours’

Be that as it may, Conductive Chronicle closed in 2005. There have been a number of awards since then. I have no time to seek them out.


Perrin, N. (2009) Honours and CE? Paces, 18 June

1 comment:

  1. Andrew, the general discussion in which the question arose was one of public "recognition" of conductive education - quite broadly defined rather than the narrower one of 'Honours'.

    Thanks for adding this much information. I'd be glad to hear of more from anywhere, from anyone.