Remembering Phyllis Jay Dudenhoffer
January 11, 2018
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Phyllis Jay Dudenhoffer, GFWC International Past President from 1990-1992, on January 3, 2018.
Phyllis was born in Gary, Indiana in 1927 and became a member of GFWC only eleven years later. In her inaugural letter to members she described her Federation journey this way, “It is beyond one’s imagination that one could go from becoming a Juniorette, to helping organize a junior club, to being State Director of Junior Clubs, to serving as President of a State Federation, to reaching the time of being installed as the GFWC International President. It has been magical!”
Phyllis’ excitement and dedication to GFWC only grew during her highly successful administration. Having assumed office during the worldwide Centennial Celebration of GFWC’s founding, she oversaw the creation of the first documentary focusing on the history of GFWC’s volunteer work. President Dudenhoffer also helped set the agenda for the 1990s by utilizing the results of the Centennial Survey to create programming focusing on personal well-being and the creation of healthy cities. In cooperation with for-profit corporations, GFWC developed public awareness campaigns on topics as diverse as chemical disposal, the need for elder care, and youth suicide prevention. In recognition of the Federation’s achievements during President Dudenhoffer’s Administration, GFWC received a multitude of awards. Most notably, President Dudenhoffer accepted the Keep America Beautiful National Advisory Council Award for environmental activities in 1990.
At the conclusion of her administration, President Dudenhoffer wrote a thank you letter to the members of GFWC stating, “My reflections of this special time will always be on the accomplishments of our members. Among my souvenirs will be memories, keepsakes, and friendships to last a lifetime.” Now it
is our turn to express gratitude for her friendship and remember this inspiring leader for her unwavering service to GFWC.
A memorial service is not planned at this time. Condolences may be sent to Debra Falender at 603 W. Gillespie Street, Aspen, CO 81611.
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