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Hymes, Alison Bowman | Obituaries

Alison Bowman Hymes died on Saturday, August 5, 2017, in Charlottesville. She was 60. The daughter of the late Dell and Virginia Hymes, she was born on January 8, 1957, in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Oakland, California; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she graduated from Friends Select High School in 1974. She received a BA in English from Bryn Mawr College in 1978 and an MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981. She worked in Philadelphia as a mental health counselor for several years. After moving to Charlottesville in the mid-1990s, she became a dedicated and accomplished advocate for the civil rights of people with mental health disabilities. Despite facing her own mental and physical health challenges, she would eventually serve on the Virginia Mental Health…

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