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Judith Booth Jacobs ’49

Judith Booth Jacobs ’49, November 1, 2007, at home in Niskayuna, New York, from complications of Parkinson's Disease. Judy attended Reed but did not graduate, and later earned an MSW from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. At the university, she met Israel Jacobs. They married, and in 1954 moved to Niskayuna, where Judy became a community activist. She chaired the judiciary committee and served as president, of the Schenectady League of Women Voters. She also was a member, and served as president of the Community Welfare Council. In what she termed her greatest achievement, she oversaw the dissolution of the council and the creation of the Human Services Planning Council, designed to coordinate services to both public and private welfare agencies. The YWCA presented her with the Woman of Vision Award in 1979. She enjoyed painting and drawing, and travel with her family. Survivors include her husband, a daughter and son, and five grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2008

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