Elizabeth Jonitis was born in Westchester, Pennsylvania in 1921. Her parents, Clark and Elizabeth Wright, married during World War I and were Quakers. She went to a Quaker boarding school. During World War II she was in the Women’s League for Peace and Freedom and volunteered with the American Friends Service, spending five years with that organization in Washington. She later taught English as a secondary language (ESL) in Lewiston, Maine. In 1954 she worked at Pineland, a school for the mentally handicapped. She worked in Special Education in the Auburn schools and was president of the Central Maine NAACP. In 1960 she assisted county jail inmates in acquiring their GEDs. Her husband is Peter Jonitis, who also was interviewed for this project (MOH 158).
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Gethin-Jones, Meredith, "Jonitis, Elizabeth oral history interview" (1999). Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection. 186.