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Toby Strout, Former Director of Middle Way House

Bob Willard hosts this 1998 Profiles interview with Toby Strout, longtime director of Middle Way House. Strout died in February of 2017 at age 71.

Toby Strout in wireframe glasses, salt-and-pepper hair, brown shirt and necklace, standing, with Middle Way House sign on wall behind her.

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Toby Strout

None of us is as good as we would like to be. I’m always striving to have my character match up with my ideals.

Toby Strout was director for more than 30 years of Bloomington’s Middle Way House, a shelter for women and children that provides transformative services and resources for survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

A New York City native, she was involved in social activism from age 11 when she participated in a demonstration at a Woolworth’s store to protest discrimination against African Americans. For many years she taught in New York City public schools, and she received her master’s and doctorate degrees at Indiana University.

The second part of the program includes reminiscences from Strout’s friend and colleague Charlotte Zeitlow, and from Debra Morrow, who succeeded Strout as Middle Way House’s director.

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