In memory of Judith Rudman

Long-time activist Judith E. Rudman passed away at her home on Long Island over the weekend. She was 89.
She was born in Syracuse and raised in the Bronx. A Hunter College graduate, she earned her Master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati.
Call me “Judy” she would say, although she did prefer “Judith” in print.
Judith was a founding leader of the West Hempstead Education Association. Current WHEA President Barbara Hafner said she “was a powerful voice and union advocate for over 40 years. Judith was one of the first retirees to serve on the NYSUT Board of Directors representing ED 52 retirees. Judith’s support and advocacy for educators and union rights will be greatly missed.”
Powerful voice is right. I remember her calling me in 2009 to do a story about the Hempstead choir winning an international award. I had to defer because I was the photo editor then and could not find the time needed to report and write. So what did she do? She tracked down a beautiful photo and sent that to me as a way to make sure I would do the story.
By the way, the Hempstead Select Chorale is still winning awards.
Rudman was first elected to the NYSUT Board in 2003 and had just been re-elected to her third full three-year term.
In the New York Times it is noted, “She began her career teaching in the New York City public schools and retired in 1986 from West Hempstead High School. She continued to serve as a tenacious NYSUT union leader until the end.”
Condolences to her daughters, grandchildren and family members. Also left to mourn are all who knew her and fought along side her.
Memorials can be made to the National Yiddish Book Center.

Check back on this post as I will try to update with photos and more remembrances of her advocacy.

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  1. Betsy Marshall February 27, 2012 at 7:15 pm #

    Thank you so much! What a terrific woman!

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