In addition to writing the Stoner McTavish series of novels, Sarah Dreher was a clinical psychologist and prizewinning playwright. Sarah passed away suddenly and is survived by her life partner and two step-children. Sarah's mother was of Welsh descent and instilled in her daughter a love for theatre through regular trips to New York to see shows. In the mid-1950s Sarah attended Wellesley College, studying clinical psychology.
It was at college that she began to be aware of her sexual identity, trying to, as she put it, "come to grips with being a lesbian in a homophobic world". She had the experience of being called to the Dean's office because another woman had accused her and a friend of being in a lesbian relationship.
Sarah is particularly well known for her lesbian detective novels centering on lesbian butch sleuth Stoner McTavish, that include Stoner McTavish (1985), Something Shady (1986), Gray Magic (1987), A Captive in Time (1990), Otherworld (1993), Bad Company (1995) and Shaman's Moon (1998).
Sarah A. Dreher 1937 - 2012 AMHERST - Sarah A. Dreher, Ph.D died in her home on April 2nd, 2012; a week after celebrating her 75th birthday. Born in Hannover, PA, March 26th, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Winnemore Alleman and Marian Dreher. She attended Wellesley College and went on to earn her Ph.D in clinical psychology from Purdue University. She moved to Amherst in 1965 where she had her private practice. Sarah is a celebrated author and playwright with two international awards. She was a member of the Welsh Society of Western New England and an activist during the women's movement. She is the co-founder of Sunrise-Amanecer, Inc., a local nonprofit organization focused on improving the quality of life for Springfield's most disadvantaged population, serving as president and clinical director for the past seven years. Donations may be made in her memory to Sunrise-Amanacer, Inc.; please call 413-781-3727 for more information. Calling hours will be held Tuesday April 17th, 2012 from 5pm-7pm at Douglass Funeral Service, 87 No. Pleasant St. Amherst, MA. A liturgical service will be celebrated at Holy Name of Jesus, in Chicopee on Wednesday April 18th, at 11 am; 104 Springfield St. Chicopee, MA. Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.
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