We are all stunned and saddened about the Passing of our dear friend and long-time SIMAGES Editor, Judee Blohm, who died on Wednesday, July 10. 2013. She was recovering at home after a recent surgery, and was with her dogs and her garden, where she wanted to be.
Judee was the backbone of NASAGA, the games for learning organization that she loved, for years and years. Last year she completed the editing of the wonderful collection of the NASAGA Training Activity Book which only exists because of her dedication to the project. Judee was our mentor on the NASAGA Board of Directors and during the years when she was the chair, we probably accomplished more as an organization than any other year. NASAGA is a better organization because of her dedication, her contributions and, not the least, her irreverence.
Judee’s garden was amazing and her arrangements, oils, and sauces brought in aggressive bidding at our yearly NASAGA auction. She was even preparing to submit a few flower arrangements at the upcoming annual local fair where she won dozens of ribbons over the years.
The world is a more joyful place because she was in it and left us with so much of her playfully serious spirit. She made us laugh. Judee will be greatly missed by all.
Service arrangements have not yet be made. We will share details as they become available.
There is an active facebook group called Judee Blohm: Celebration of an incredible life where friends from many parts of Judee’s life are sharing memories. You are invited to share your thoughts here as well.
Chuck Needleman, a long time friend of Judee’s sends this along from the Peace Corps.
July 12, 2013
TO: Peace Corps Global
FROM: Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Deputy Director
SUBJECT: Judee Blohm, OPATS Staff Member
I am deeply saddened to inform you that Judee Blohm, a well respected and valued staff member in the Office of Overseas Programming & Training Support (OPATS), passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 10. Judee had a long and illustrious career with the Peace Corps and will be remembered as a good and dear friend to many of us at headquarters and at our posts.
Most recently, Judee had served as the food security publications expert, but her history with the Peace Corps began long before, in 1968, when she served as a Volunteer in Liberia for four years. In every decade thereafter, Judee returned to the Peace Corps in one capacity or another. Her passion for the agency’s mission to spread world peace and friendship was unparalleled, and she made a lasting imprint, both literally and figuratively, within OPATS.
Serving as a writer and editor for numerous training manuals, workbooks, and handbooks, Judee’s work was instrumental in the Peace Corps’ recent initiative, Focus In/Train Up. Her institutional knowledge and ability to steer sector experts to proper sources and auxiliary material was invaluable.
Before her recent tenure at Peace Corps headquarters, she served as a cross-cultural educator and training consultant with Peace Corps posts in Liberia, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, Ecuador, Jamaica, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Guyana, and Jordan.
A published author noted for her expertise, Judee wrote or served as senior editor of five books, the most recent being The NASAGA Training Activity Book in 2012. She also served as a trainer and contributed to publications for AmeriCorps, American University, the Foreign Service Institute, the Federal Labor Relations Agency, the Department of State, the United Nations, and Youth For Understanding.
Judee will be greatly missed and forever valued for her friendship and for all that she accomplished during her long and devoted service to the Peace Corps. She touched our lives in so many ways, and we mourn her passing.