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

Maureen J. Taylor, Woman of the Year 2014

2013 Maureen Taylor

For the past twenty years, Maureen Taylor has been a driving force in Habitat for Humanity . Maureen and her husband, Richard Taylor, co-founded Habitat for Humanity of Southern Dutchess in 1994. In 1997 the organization merged with Poughkeepsie to become the Dutchess County Habitat for Humanity. Maureen was a member of the Board of Directors from 1994 to 2013 and served as assistant treasurer.

From 1996 to the present she has been chair of the Family Support Committee. Maureen's work for Habitat has included three Jimmy Carter Blitz Builds in South Dakota, Kentucky and Texas. Her other activities include Make-a-Difference Day projects, home repairs, and Community Days parades. She has worked tirelessly to raise funds for the organization by conducting annual Gingerbread House raffles, organizing barn sales, flea markets, and antique/collectables appraisals and participating in walk-a-thons.

Maureen's life has been one of volunteer service. In addition to her work on Habitat for Humanity, she and her husband have been deeply involved with the Hopewell Depot Restoration, where she has been on the board since 2012. Maureen is on the Fund Raising Committee and has organized the annual fundraising dinner. She is responsible for purchases and inventory of items sold at the Depot information center. Maureen volunteers at the Castle Point VA Hospital and has taught Sunday School at the New Hackensack Reformed Church. She has been on the board of the New Hackensack Nursery School and was a substitute teacher. Since 2013, she has been a member of The Independence Belle Society, a veterans' support organization.

Maureen graduated from Arlington High School and attended Vassar Hospital School of Nursing. She retired in 2003 after working in the Hudson Valley Heart Center, Healthshield, CHP, Kaiser and New Century Medical Association. She and her husband have two children.


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