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In Memoriam

This page is dedicated to Soroptimist federation officers who have recently passed away. They will be missed for their dedication to Soroptimist and our mission of improving the lives of women and girls.

Dr Carol Voelker   Dr. Carol Voelker, 1990-1992 Desert Coast Region governor, passed away April 21, 2017. In addition to serving as region governor, she also served as region secretary and club president. Carol was a graduate of Buffalo State, Rhode Island College and Brigham Young University. An educator with San Diego City Schools, Carol taught the talented and gifted prior to becoming an administrator; her last position was as principal of Scripps Elementary. Click here for more information.
Mary Prunty   We are sad to report that Mary Prunty, 1999-2000 federation president, passed away on January 6. A Soroptimist since 1979, Mary also served as 1992-1994 and 1994-1996 governor of Northeastern Region. A nursing professor, Mary retired from Northern Essex Community College as assistant dean of academic affairs after serving there in various functions for 38 years. She held a master of guidance and psychology from Assumption College and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Fitchburg State College. She is survived by her two daughters. Click here for more information.
Joanne Blake   Condolences to the family of Joanne Blake, who passed away on July 9, 2016 from injuries sustained from a car accident. Joanne served as SIA secretary from 1978-1980, and Northeastern Region governor. Click here for more information.
Machiko Yamada   Machiko Yamada, 2007-2008 federation president, passed away in late May 2015. In addition to serving our organization as SIA president, she also served as 2004-2006 SIA board director, and 2002-2004 governor of Japan Nishi Region. She was a member of SI/Tokuyama and chartered SI/Kudamatsu, and served as officers in both clubs. A graduate of Doshisha University, Machiko worked with her husband to operate more than 20 gas stations, as well as overseeing the sales of jewelry and women’s items at two company-run stores, and a leisure facility/golf course. Please read an interview with Machiko when she first became SIA president. Machiko will be remembered as a dedicated, loyal and respected Soroptimist leader who recognized the struggles of women and supported the federation’s efforts on behalf of women and girls. She will be greatly missed.









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