Richard (‘Buzz’) Mott Gummere Jr. (1912–2007), US trained teacher of the Alexander Technique.
Gummere served as Director of Admissions at Bard College and taught at Columbia University Teachers College.
At the age of 28 he felt ‘vague but deep misery, but mental and physical’. He had interviews with psychiatrists who concluded that there was nothing wrong. His mother made him go see A. R. Alexander.
He trained as a teacher of the Technique, primarily with A. R. Alexander in Boston, and was certified by F. M. Alexander in 1944. While he never taught the Technique he was a life-long active supporter of the Technique, attending Alexander Technique workshops, conferences and congresses.
‘On becoming more human – A prologue’ by Richard M. Gummere, Jr., relates his first encounter with the Technique and his impressions of Man’s Supreme Inheritance and the Alexander Technique in the 1920s and 1930s US.
‘The weaker sex?’ by Richard Gummere, the 1999 Keynote address at ATI, are musings on the fact that the majority of Alexander Technique teachers are women and his belief that ‘women could deepen the philosophy of the Alexander world’.
‘Three lessons from Dewey’ by Richard M. Gummere, Jr., considers what F. M. Alexander’s followers might learn from John Dewey.
‘Inhibition Part Five’ by Richard M. Gummere, Jr., is on Benjamin Libet’s discovery of the short moment for conscious inhibition.
Gummere’s book, How to Survive Education, does not contain any references to the Technique.
The article, ‘He’s back!’, on John Dewey, does not contain any references to Alexander or the Technique.
‘Richard M. Gummere’ by Michael Frederick.
‘Richard Mott Gummere’ by Michael Frederick.
Richard Mott Gummere 1912 – †13 May 2007.