Inger and the Children
As we know, Inger spent many hours as a volunteer working with mentally handicapped children and she organized a number of celebrity art exhibits as fundraising activities. She could often be found at the Kedren Community Health Center in Los Angeles, visiting with pediatric patients. In January 1966, she was appointed to the Advisory Board of the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute by then California governor Edmund "Pat" Brown for her efforts (see photo below). She was very proud of this honor, and the official proclamation was prominently displayed in her home. She was also named Chairman of the California Council for Retarded Children. Her interest in this area was no doubt inspired by the close relationship she shared with her aunt, Karin Stensland Junker, author of The Child in the Glass Ball. Two of Karin's children suffered from disabilities, and Junker went on to establish a number of institutes devoted to treatment and research in Sweden and in other parts of Europe. At one point Inger herself contemplated setting aside funding for construction of a hospital.
To date, we have not uncovered any other photos depicting this humanitarian side of Inger, especially of her activities at Kedren, but this is understandable: these were her private activities, not celebrity "photo ops" for publicity purposes. Through her efforts, Inger hoped to raise public awareness for these patients. If any visitor to our site can shed further light on this aspect of Inger's life, we would welcome their input. In anycase, we would like to use two videocaps from A Guide For The Married Man to illustrate her caring and compassion for children, whom she considered no different from adults "...they're just shorter.."
Our thanks also to Darrell Short, who provided us with two additional pictures of Inger with children. The photo on the left appears to be a promotional photo on behalf of the California Council, and the one on the right may have been taken at the time she was preparing for Diary of a Nurse.