Aug 20, 201207:40 AMIn Her View
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Profile in Resilience: Ohio Justice Evelyn Stratton
Justice Evelyn Stratton knows a lot about resilience and its importance. She grew up overseas, the daughter of missionaries in Bangkok, Thailand. She was separated from her parents at the age of 6 and sent to boarding schools in South Viet Nam and Malaysia. When she was 18, she traveled to America to begin her adult life, alone, and with little money. But, she says, thanks to her resilience, that upbringing taught her strength, independence, and gave her the desire to help others. In 1989, she became the first woman elected a judge of the Franklin County Common Pleas Court and she has served as a justice for the Supreme Court of Ohio since March 7, 1996.
The theme of our 2012 community directories is Resilience: Stories of Innovation & Inspiration. In our Columbus area directory, Ann shares her life story and advice about resilience:
“With resilience, I will take the lessons learned from my missionary parents, growing up in Thailand, and my role as a justice on the Supreme Court of Ohio and try to use those lessons and influence to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate or in need.”