Gulielma Penn-Gaskel White Krook, 76, photographed shelties
Kate White, Gulie Krook's half-sister
Gulie Krook, 76, died Monday, October 2, 2006, at her home in Arlington, after a short battle with cancer. Gulie was born April 16, 1930, in Philadelphia, the second of two children of Courtland Yardley White III and Mary Hall White. Her childhood was fraught with difficulties including the early death of her beloved father. She often credited her emotional survival to childhood caretaker Mary Brown.
Gulie attended Haverford Friends and Baldwin Schools, near Philadelphia. A great believer in Quaker educational principles, Gulie stunned the administration of her high school in the 1940's by authoring a petition demanding admission for black students. She received a BA from Radcliffe College of Harvard University in 1952. After working for several years in New York City, Gulie married Harvard professor and astrophysicist Max Krook in 1956. They sometimes appeared to be a study of opposites. Max was forceful and energetic in debate; Gulie was sensitive and witty. Actually they shared many attributes including irreverent senses of humor, great generosity and a concern for the fate of the planet. In the early years of their marriage, Max and Gulie were welcoming hosts to many exceptional young scholars. They supported the civil rights and anti-war movements of the 1960's and befriended student activists during the Harvard Strike of 1969. After receiving an MA in Elementary Education from the Harvard School of Education, Gulie taught reading and volunteered as a tutor in Roxbury.
Gulie learned from her father a love of photography. Her photographic work began with portraits of family and friends but soon expanded to include many vivid photographs of political protest and music in the 1960's. She also provided book jacket photographs for Judah the Pious by Francine Prose and Diving into the Wreck by Adrienne Rich.
Many remember seeing Gulie on her long daily walks — a slim elegant woman — leading a pack of small dogs. With her quiet charm, she held firmly to lifelong principles and was never afraid to argue for peace and freedom.
Another lifelong passion was dogs and her own Shelties. She soon applied her fine photographic skills to the Sheltie Breed and she became a much sought after photographer of Shelties, with her work appearing frequently on the covers of magazines devoted to that breed. She admired and enjoyed the natural world and its diversity of trees, wildflowers, and birds. Her house on Spy Pond was surrounded by bird feeders, and her garden was visited frequently by ducks, geese, migrating birds, and swans.
Gulie was a loving family member, friend, and gentle spirit. Adored by small children, she had a magical ability to produce the perfect, unforgettable gift. She defended rebellious adolescents, and gave wise counsel as they grew.
Through Harvard University, her life in Arlington, and dog shows she developed many devoted friends who loved her humor, kindness and wisdom. Many remember seeing Gulie on her long daily walks-a slim elegant woman-leading a pack of small dogs.With her quiet charm, she held firmly to lifelong principles and was never afraid to argue for peace and freedom. Gulie was dismayed by the current political situation in the United States. She hoped that human rights, animal rights and peaceful cooperation would gain acceptance in the world's future.
Gulie was preceded in death by her husband Max. She is survived by a brother, Court White, and his son Corry White both of Madison, Wisconsin; a half-sister Kate White of Cambridge, a half-brother Peter White of Carrboro, North Carolina, nephews Matthew and Nicholas and nieces Sarah and Zoe. Gulie is also survived by three much loved Shelties: Andy, Julia and Lulu.
A Memorial Celebration of her life is planned in for the spring. Memorial donations should be sent to the Friends of Menotomy Rocks Park, 54 Brantwood Road, Arlington, and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, 1213 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.