Former educator to present FBC book review

“Albert Sweitzer: Genius in the Jungle,” written by Joseph Gollomb, will be the book review presented by Jeanne Cheek at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28 in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church, 6501 S. Hazel St.

The life of Albert Schweitzer has been so full and vital and rich in human interest and hopefulness that it has a strong appeal for all ages. In a lucid, straightforward manner, the author holds the interest of youth and age alike in the many-sided story of his boyhood in Aleace, his struggles and difficult experiences as a student, his early career as a musician and scholar, and his dramatic turning to medicine and Africa when at the height of his fame.

Schweitzer’s great service in the building and maintaining of a jungle hospital on the banks of a river deep in Africa and all the dangerous adventures and mishaps that came his way endeared him to people throughout the world. The book contains stories of the doctor’s relations with the African people who flocked to his jungle hospital and the wild creatures of the forest and river who came to know him as friend.

It also shows him as an outstanding concert organist who played to crowded audiences throughout Europe, giving music in exchange for funds to maintain and develop his beloved hospital. As an old man, strong in mind and body, he received homage from the whole world, but still put his service to the African people before all else. He is a legendary personality to read and learn about as he faithfully served and inspired mankind.

Cheek was born in Chicago but the bitter winters presented the desire to seek a warmer climate. She and her family relocated to Charlotte, S.C., where she graduated from Charlotte High School and attended college at Charlotte University, graduating with a bachelor of science degree. She was married before later moving to Memphis, where she received her master’s degree in secondary education and psychology.

She taught math (algebra, trigonometry, and calculus) in the Memphis City High School until her husband’s work brought them to Pine Bluff and this has continued to be home where she resides at Trinity Village. While living at Trinity, she has served on the board and as the librarian. For 17 years, she served in the field of special education on 17 campuses and as an area school psychologist in Drew, Lincoln and Jefferson counties. She is an active member of Grace Episcopal Church and sang in the choir for 37 years. She is an active member of the 20th Century Literary Club, the Cotorie Club, the Noteables, and on the board of the Pine Bluff Symphony. She is the mother of two sons, one daughter, three grandchildren and great-grandchild.

Door prizes and refreshments will be furnished following the review. The public is invited to attend.