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Gene and Tobey Gitelle P’82, ’86
Psychiatrist; Editor (retired) Jewish Social Studies

Gene and Tobey Gitelle are two of a growing number of parents who send two or more children to Hobart and William Smith Colleges: daughter Sharon graduated in 1982 and son Jeffrey graduated in 1986. Gene Gitelle is a psychiatrist in private practice as well as a clinical instructor of psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He graduated from the University of British Columbia and received his medical degree from the University of Berne, Switzerland, Medical School.

Tobey Gitelle received a bachelor's degree from Barnard College and attended Columbia University's Master's and Ph.D. program in the Department of Fine Arts and Archeology. She was for many years the executive director and managing editor of the scholarly periodical, Jewish Social Studies. Both Gitelles are founding members of the Institute for Mental Health Research.

Tobey and her sister Shoshana Tancer are trustees of the Salo W. and Jeannette M. Baron Foundation, named in honor of their parents. Salo Baron, a professor at Columbia, held the first Jewish History Chair in the United States and is the author of the 18-volume Social and Religious History of the Jews. The "Salo W. Baron Book Acquisition Fund" was established at Hobart and William Smith in 1998 by a grant from the Foundation. The fund has enabled the Colleges to add outstanding titles in Judaic Studies to the library's collection as well as to expand programming in the Human Rights and Genocide Forum.

How do you define leadership?
TG: Promoting an original idea to a group and getting it implemented through suggestion or persuasion.

Do women lead differently than men?
TG: Yes. They are far more in touch with the feelings of the group.

Who is your role model?
TG: Hannah Arendt

How did you get where you are today? Can you trace it to a certain moment, experience or personality trait?
TG: Not really. Probably it was the ability to work diligently with extreme attention to detail.

What most interested you about your work?
TG: It was extremely varied and challenging.

 
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