“A succession of explorations and discoveries - that is what my life has been!” - Laura Huxley
Laura Huxley was born in Torino, Italy on November 2, 1911, and was known as a child progidy violist. Her love and skill of the instrument found her performing before the Queen of Italy at the tender age of 14. By 17 she had studied the violin in Berlin, Paris, and Rome, and earned a Professor of Music degree. Her later teenage years were spent in the United States where she debuted at Carnegie Hall as a violin concerto and continued her music education at the Curtis Institute of Philadelphia.
Once settled in the United States, Laura's creativity led her to pursue a career as a documentary filmmaker as well as being an assistant film editor for RKO. Yet it was her discovery and exploration of social issues that profoundly changed the course of her life. Together with her husband, renowned author Aldous Huxley (“Brave New World”), she emmersed herself in the study of human potential.
A nurturing and loving environment prior to birth is not always the case for children left orphaned and displaced by personal family tragedies, as Mrs. Huxley witnessed for herself. After a visit to an orphanage, Laura was struck by infants who needed human touch and comfort, not only to survive, but also for their social development. Convinced that there was a correlation between the need for a nurturing environment and a child's ability to reach their full potential, she set out to make a difference by establishing CHILDREN: OUR ULTIMATE INVESTMENT (COUI). As the founder of COUI, the late Laura Huxley dedicated her life to advocating for the rights of children. Her unwavering conviction and personal mission was to see to it that the smallest and most vulnerable among us are heard and respected.
Throughout the years, Laura Huxley received acclaim for her humanitarian accomplishments and writings, including an honorary doctorate degree of Human Services from Sierra University, Honoree of the United Nations, Fellow of the International Academy of Medical Preventics, and Honoree of the World Health Foundation for Development and Peace, from which she received the Peace Prize in 1990.
In December 2003, the Association of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health honored Laura Huxley with the Thomas R. Verny award, for outstanding contributions to the field of prenatal and perinatal psychology both as an author and as the founder of CHILDREN: OUR ULTIMATE INVESTMENT (COUI).
As an author Laura penned numerous books and articles including, “You Are Not The Target,” the best selling self-help book about transforming negativity into positive action, “Between Heaven and Earth,” “One A Day Reason To Be Happy,” “Children: Our Ultimate Investment,” a book about this organization, and “The Child of Your Dreams,” which she co-authored with Dr. Piero Ferrucci, psychotherapist, author and philosopher.
In addition, toward the end of her Life, Laura wrote, with the help of Dr. Piero Ferrucci, a short book, “Let’s Die Healthy,” in which she distilled her main learnings in the art of living. After finishing it, and discovering she had cancer, Laura added an Appendix, “Let’s Die Healthy Even When Sick.” This book was considered too short by her publisher, Farrar Strauss, and by others, so it was never published during her life, however plans have since been made to publish this book on Lulu.
To purchase Laura’s books, please visit the Bookstore. A percentage of proceeds from book sales on this site will directly help support Children: Our Ultimate Investment (COUI).
Laura Huxley died December 13, 2007. She continued to fulfill her role as grandmother to Karen Pfeiffer, whom she raised, as well as great grandmother to Karen’s daughter, Kaya, until her death at the age of 96. Yet her devotion and support of children lives on through her foundation, CHILDREN: OUR ULTIMATE INVESTMENT (COUI).
“The predicament of the human situation begins not only in infancy, not only before birth, but also in the physical, psychological and spiritual preparation of the parents, before conception.” -Laura Huxley
COUI's primary focus, TEENS & TODDLERS, is a teenage pregnancy prevention and mental health program which offers teens the tools to form healthy relationships and make responsible choices for their future through classroom instruction on reproductive health and interpersonal skills, as well as through service learning as volunteers at local preschools. Teens receive education and first hand experience of the challenges faced in raising a child before making this life-changing decision.
T&T has helped numerous adolescents to make conscious decisions, become responsible citizens, and provide them with alternative choices to becoming parents at an early age. CHILDREN: OUR ULTIMATE INVESTMENT (COUI) is now working with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to approve the Teens & Toddlers program as a supplimental health course at which time it may be implemented in any LAUSD high school offering the Health graduation requirement.
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