Dale Galston

Dale GalstonBorn in New York on Mar. 18, 1921
Departed on Mar. 19, 2009 and resided in Hamden, CT.


Dale J. Galston, who resided in the New Haven area for more than fifty years, died at the Whitney Center in Hamden on March 19, one day after her 88th birthday. Mrs. Galston, the daughter of a labor lawyer and a public school teacher, was born and raised in New York City. After graduating from high school, she received a Regent’s scholarship to attend Cornell University. There, she earned a B.A. in history and met her husband of 67 years, Arthur W. Galston, a longtime professor of biology at Yale University, who preceded her in death last June. After graduate work in history at the University of Illinois, she moved with her family to Pasadena, California, where she embarked on what was to become her life’s work in early childhood education and guidance as a teacher at the Pacific Oaks nursery school. Shortly after returning to the east coast and settling in Orange, Connecticut, she became director of the Betsy Ross Nursery School and served in that capacity for several years. After studying psychology at Yale University and receiving an M.A., she joined the staff of the Clifford W. Beers Clinic, where she served as a clinician from 1969 until 1997. At Clifford Beers Clinic she was known for her empathy and skill in working with at risk children and their families. She was recently honored for her years of service to the clinic. After retiring, she served as a guardian ad litem defending the interests of children in local courts. Dale loved to cook, entertain and travel, visiting the world with her husband and family.


One of her most beloved places was Block Island, RI, where she and Arthur vacationed every summer for forty years, spending special time there with their grandson. Mrs. Galston is survived by a daughter, Beth, of Carlisle Massachusetts, a son, Bill, of Bethesda Maryland, and a grandson, Ezra, of Chicago.


A private funeral service will be held with interment in the Yale Jewish Community section of Walnut Grove Cemetery in Meriden. Contributions may be made in her memory to the Clifford W. Beers Clinic, earmarked for the Dale Galston Art Therapy Room. A memorial service will be scheduled later in the spring.

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