Tribune photo by Stacey Wescott
December 17, 2003
Dr. Elisabeth Lassers, psychiatrist and volunteer, Hyde Park
"When you have a lot of interests, you keep busy," says Elisabeth, who is a perfect example of that. She scaled down her psychiatric practice to a few afternoons a month about five years ago, keeping only her long-term patients. But she consults weekly with parents and children at Hull House's foster care program, Neighbor to Neighbor, in Chatham. She takes water aerobics three times a week and volunteers weekly as a docent at The Oriental Institute. She takes classes at the Institute for Learning in Retirement at Northwestern University's School of Continuing Studies. She has lived in the same townhouse for 42 years, still drives, goes to the theater and travels. She recently visited her daughter and granddaughter in Portland, Ore., and is going to England later this month on a trip orgnized by Victory Gardens Theater. Her husband, a judge, died six years ago. "I've been keeping busier than ever since then. I don't have any spare time, but what I'm doing is so rewarding. When I do things, I forget all about any difficulties I may have in life."