Gladys Agell BARRE — Gladys Agell died June 16, 2019 after being stricken by a fatal fifth stroke. Born and raised in New York City by Bernard and Francis “Birdie” Nemeroff, she went to school in New York City, attended Olivet College and married Roy Comart in 1950. The couple had three children: Cari Beth of Pennsylvania, Adam in Hawaii, and Peter in Worcester, Vermont. They divorced in 1960. Gladys married Bertil Agell in 1968; The Agells moved from Long Island, New York, to Vermont in 1972. Gladys obtained a Bachelor's degree and a Master’s degree from New York University and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from UVM in 1990 and pursued a career as an Art Therapist and Psychologist. She was a pioneer in the Art Therapy field taking courses in the late 60’s, was active in and president of, the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). In Vermont, she worked at the State Hospital, Waterbury, as the Chief of Activity Therapies; and designed and developed an innovative Graduate Art Therapy program at Goddard College that was subsequently acquired by Norwich University (NU). She continued as the program director and professor, worked at NU’s Counselling Center, and contributed to numerous committees. She also took over as the editor and publisher of the American Art Therapist Journal. Gladys was an accomplished artist working in several media; as a young woman she studied art in NYC and Paris, France. She found that art was a communication vehicle for particular children and young adults in psychoanalysis. Art Therapy was her life’s work. Surviving is her husband Bertil after over 50 years' marriage; her three children, sisters Susan Cohen and Karen Cohn and her husband Marty, two grandchildren Bettina Dorrow and Anya Comart, brother Micheal Nemeroff and his wife Sharon.

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Anne Mills

Gladys, thank you for sharing your deep knowledge of Art Therapy with so many at your beloved and beautiful Montpelier campus. I fondly remember your warmth and hospitality when I taught there in 1998. You made the world a better place and you will be missed.


Bert (Age-11) – Please accept my sincere condolences in the passing of your lovely and gifted life partner and give thanks for her exceptional accomplishments in the world of art therapy. I have fond memories of working with you in the ‘Al Moulton’ era; your smile and contagious laughter. Sincerely, Jo Ellen Pirie

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