Woman of the Year

On November 12, 1975 the Poughkeepsie Branch held a dinner at the Vassar Alumni House to commemorate the International Women's Year and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of our branch. Eight women were honored for outstanding service to the residents of Dutchess County. Since that time, the Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW has selected a local woman to honor as our Woman of the Year. These women exemplify the goals stated in AAUW's mission statement:

The American Association of University Women advances equity
for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

We invite you to nominate candidates for consideration of this honor using the form linked below to print, fill in and mail. Your nomination will be in consideration for two years from the date you submit the form to one of the Woman of the Year Committee Co-Chairs: Margaret Ouart, 26 Broad St, Fishkill, NY 12524 or Mary Lou Davis, 125 Andrews Rd, Lagrangeville, NY 12540

Woman of the year Nomination Form>>


2019  Hon. Joan S. Posner

2018  Dr. Pamela R. Edington

2017  Mariel Fiori

2016  Krista Jones

2015  Mary Lou Davis

2014  Maureen J. Taylor

2013  Patti Peck

2012  Judith A. Lombardi

2011  Ann K. Armater

2010  Elizabeth Harrel

2009  Carole J. Wolf

2008  Eileen M. Hayden

2007  Diane Pedevillano

2006  Clara Lou Gould

2005  Eleanor Charwat

2004  Gail Webster

2003  Klara B. Sauer

2002  Anna Buchholz

2001  Margaret R Calista

2000  Ruth Stafford Peale

1999  R. Patricia Poggi

1998  Ceal Sommer

1997  Virginia A. Swartz

1996  Mary Moody

1995  Geeta Desai

1994  Gail Burger

1993  Gloria Rutgers

1991  Trudie Evangelou

1990  Marion "Chad" Patterson

1988  Earline Patrice

1987  Joyce Ghee

1986  Mary Lou Heissenbuttel

1985  Trudy Grundon

1984  Mary Keeley

1983  Helen Marchese

1982  Marie Tarver

1981  Patricia Braatz

1980  Lucille Pattison

1979  Dr. Eleanor Peck

1978  Marian B. Morse

1975  Ann Buchholz

1975  Bernie Fitchett

1975  Bessie Payne

1975  Dorothy Haight

1975  Edna MacMahon

1975  Frances Drace

1975  Margaret Race

1975  Hilda Bohmer

R. Patricia Poggi, Woman of the Year 1999

Pat is a lifelong educator who is presently working as Library/Media Specialist at Haviland Middle School in Hyde Park. Previously, she was an adjunct career counselor and instructor at Dutchess Community College, SUNY New Paltz, Mount St. Mary College and Vassar College. She was also the Director of Instructional Services at Rockland County BOCES. For over seventeen years, Pat has maintained a private practice as a career counselor.

For over thirty years, Pat has lived in Pleasant Valley with her husband, Dr. Peter Poggi, a veterinarian. After graduating from Cornell University, Pat married Peter, became a mother of four sons and worked as a business manager for Peterís animal hospital. While fulfilling these responsibilities, she returned to school, obtained a masterís degree from SUNY New Paltz and a second masterís and doctorate from Columbia University. An example of someone living the AAUW goal of lifelong education, Pat is currently taking Spanish lessons and is enrolled in a two year Spiritual Directions course.

In the 1970ís, she was a winner of a womenís equity grant to bring girlsís to non-traditional career fields, and later was instrumental in obtaining a grant for DCC to encourage girls in non-traditional math and science careers. At DCC, Pat worked with women enrolled in the PACE program and developed a new course to help to acculturate underprepared students to higher education. Presently, at Haviland, Pat is the advisor to SUCCESS, an after-school study program. Pat has been on the board of the Pleasant Valley Library and the Area Fund. She was an active member of the Junior League, Cornell alumni, and American Cancer Society. Through her professional career, volunteer activities and personal life, Pat is an excellent example of someone who promotes the AAUW goals of equity for all women and girls, lifelong educaion, and positive societal change.


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