Woman of the Year


On November 12, 1975 the Poughkeepsie Branch held a dinner at the Vassar Alumni House to commemorate the International Women's Year and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of our branch. Eight women were honored for outstanding service to the residents of Dutchess County. Since that time, the Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW has selected a local woman to honor as our Woman of the Year. These women exemplify the goals stated in AAUW's mission statement:

The American Association of University Women advances equity
for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.


We invite you to nominate candidates for consideration of this honor using the form linked below to print, fill in and mail. Your nomination will be in consideration for two years from the date you submit the form to one of the Woman of the Year Committee Co-Chairs: Gail Sisti, 313 Forest Rd, Wallkill, NY 12589 or Mary Lou Davis, 125 Andrews Rd, Lagrangeville, NY 12540

Woman of the year Nomination Form>>


Honorees

2016  Krista Jones

2015  Mary Lou Davis

2014  Maureen J. Taylor

2013  Patti Peck

2012  Judith A. Lombardi

2011  Ann K. Armater

2010  Elizabeth Harrel


2009  Carole J. Wolf

2008  Eileen M. Hayden

2007  Diane Pedevillano

2006  Clara Lou Gould

2005  Eleanor Charwat

2004  Gail Webster

2003  Klara B. Sauer

2002  Anna Buchholz

2001  Margaret R Calista

2000  Ruth Stafford Peale


1999  R. Patricia Poggi

1998  Ceal Sommer

1997  Virginia A. Swartz

1996  Mary Moody

1995  Geeta Desai

1994  Gail Burger

1993  Gloria Rutgers

1991  Trudie Evangelou

1990  Marion "Chad" Patterson


1988  Earline Patrice

1987  Joyce Ghee

1986  Mary Lou Heissenbuttel

1985  Trudy Grundon

1984  Mary Keeley

1983  Helen Marchese

1982  Marie Tarver

1981  Patricia Braatz

1980  Lucille Pattison


1979  Dr. Eleanor Peck

1978  Marian B. Morse

1975  Ann Buchholz

1975  Bernie Fitchett

1975  Bessie Payne

1975  Dorothy Haight

1975  Edna MacMahon

1975  Frances Drace

1975  Margaret Race

1975  Hilda Bohmer



Marion "Chad" Patterson, Woman of the Year 1990


From The Branch, March 1990:

"If you give a man a fish, you will feed him for a day, but if you teach a man to fish, you will feed him for a lifetime." This saying exemplifies the career and life of our 1990 AAUW Woman of the Year, Marion "Chad" Patterson. She has devoted her life to helping ensure that each person receives, not only an education, but a joy for learning. She is a master at encouraging and getting others involved, thus weaving the talents of others into the fabric of life.

Over the years in Poughkeepsie, Mrs. Patterson has held a multitude of community service positions. Among them are President and counsel for the George Washington Carver (Scholarship) Fund, President of the Poughkeepsie PTA Council and District Director of the tri-county Taconic District PTA Council. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Poughkeepsie Children's Home, Grace Smith House, Mental Health Association, and the Dutchess County Girl Scouts.

As a woman who most definitely demonstrates AAUW's principal goals of equity for women, education and self-development over the life span, and positive societal change, we salute Marion "Chad" Patterson as 1990's Woman of the Year.



ADVANCING EQUITY FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS THROUGH ADVOCACY, EDUCATION, PHILANTROPHY, AND RESEARCH

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