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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.

Joyce Blake   Joyce M. Blake, past SIA president (1984-1986) and governor of Western Canada Region, passed away on February 17. Joyce traveled the world promoting women’s issues on behalf of Soroptimist. Her proudest moment was becoming a Member of the Order of Canada, awarded in part for her work with Soroptimist. Joyce had a long and distinguished career with the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada. Please read an interview with Joyce when she became SIA president-elect.
Marilynn Hofstetter   We are sad to report that Marilynn Hofstetter, 1980-1982 SIA president and 1987-1989 SI president, passed away on January 12. Marilynn, who joined Soroptimist in 1954, also served as former Pacific Region governor and secretary, and district director. Throughout her life, she was a champion of women and a role model to many. She was Whittier’s first woman and Democratic mayor (1968-1970), and served on the City Council from 1960-1972, where she helped raise awareness of the impact on women of the laws and policies of the city. She was one of three women in her class to graduate from from Boalt Law School at University of California Berkeley. She is survived by a nephew, niece and several cousins.
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.









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