Judy Torgus, our dear friend and respected colleague, died July 3. Judy was a La Leche League Leader, editor at LLLI for over 30 years, and a member of the LLL Alumnae Association Council. Please contact a Council member if you'd like an address to which to send cards. Judy’s family asks, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. We are deeply sad.
The La Leche League Alumnae Association Council discussed our desire to commemorate and honor Judy Torgus’ life in a special way. In 2011, Judy volunteered her time and talents as a Member-at-Large on the Alumnae Council. We shared a special friendship with her, as many of you have for so many years. We would like to honor her 50 years as an LLL Leader, her dedication as a former LLLI employee, her love of travel and meticulous planning and organization of the 2013 Alumnae trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico. That was a trip thoroughly enjoyed by 66 Alumnae members.
We offer an opportunity to make a donation to the LLL Alumnae Association for a Judy Torgus Memorial Event at the 2015 Alumnae Trip, believing that Judy would want us to celebrate her life. Donate here to the Judy Torgus Memorial Event. Checks designated for the Judy Torgus Memorial Event made payable to "LLL Alumnae Association" can be mailed to:
4303 Ashwoody Trail NE
Atlanta, GA 30319
See the donors here. Thank you.
“The Alumnae organization is very special to me because it keeps all of us in touch with a great group of friends who share a common bond. We can all be proud of the work we did together over the years and the hundreds of thousands of babies who were breastfed because of our dedication and love.”
—Judy Torgus, 2011
Judy joined LLL in 1959 and attended a meeting at Mary White's home while pregnant with her first child. She began her LLL work by volunteering to answer letters from mothers who had breastfeeding questions. She used her writing and editing expertise as a volunteer for many years before she became an employee of LLLI.
Judy became the editor of publications about all phases of breastfeeding. During her 30 years on staff, she edited dozens of LLLI publications including The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, The Breastfeeding Answer Book, Leaven, and New Beginnings. She retired in 2007 as the Publications Director.
Judy Torgus wrote this in remembrance of Edwina Froehlich, LLLI co-Founder, in 2008.
"I met her in 1960 when I was a young mother attending La Leche League meetings with my first son. After one meeting, I approached Edwina and hesitantly offered to help write letters. She enthusiastically accepted my offer and a few days later I visited her home to pick up a supply of books, stamps, envelopes, and letters from mothers. She gave me a quick course in how to reply to the letters and told me to call her if a mother wrote back with a question I could not answer. And that began my 48 years of volunteering for LLLI.
In 1964, I was invited to join the Founders on the LLLI Executive Board, which later became the Board of Directors. We usually met weekly in one of our homes and the discussions would often become intense and go beyond our time schedule. In 1977, when my term on the Board came to an end, I became a member of the LLLI office staff, working under Mary Carson in the Publications Department. But Edwina's office was just across the hall and she continued to be a source of information and support. At this point my questions were often about dealing with teenagers!
When I retired from the LLLI office staff as Executive Editor in 2007, it was again Edwina who helped me face the changes this would bring in my life. She told me, "You will soon love being home every day," and she was right once again.
Edwina really knew how to enjoy life. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She treasured old friends and never stopped making new ones. She loved to travel, cook, read, shop, attend movies and shows, meditate, and pray. She never stopped learning and growing and reaching out to others. She lived her life to the fullest for 93 years and she died peacefully. Who could ask for anything more."
What a legacy Judy has left.
The LLL Alumnae Association is pleased to offer a new category of membership!
This new Tribute Membership offers you the opportunity to connect in a special way with other Alumnae members, colleagues, family or cherished friends. Honor your favorite people with a Tribute Listing in Continuum as well as a Tribute Listing on the Alumnae website for one year. The listing provides the name and state or country of the person you want to honor, along with your name and state or country and up to 15 words telling everyone why you wish to honor this person.
With a Tribute Membership you receive all the benefits of regular Alumnae membership: a print copy of Continuum, published three times a year, a discount on LLL Alum trips, staying in touch with other Alum members, plus access to news and updates from LLLI if you choose to join the LLL Alumnae Association Yahoo Group. You can renew your Alumnae membership or become a Tribute Member at any time. Your Continuum subscription will be extended with a new expiration date.
The annual tribute membership fee is just $50 US dollars. You can be proud to know that $5 of every Tribute Membership will be donated directly to the LLL Breastfeeding Helpline-US. When mothers contact the Helpline, LLL Leaders personally answer their breastfeeding questions or concerns.
We hope you will consider this opportunity to support the LLL Alumnae Association as well as pay tribute to special friends. Membership helps to keep the organization moving ahead and helps you to stay connected to others who share a similar background in La Leche League. Become a member or renew.
See the tributes here.