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Eisenhower, Judith C.
Judy Eisenhower passed away October 29, 2015, at the age of 79 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Judy is the daughter of Joseph and Clara Cheslock of Indian Bend, Maryland, and devoted wife of the late Earl D. Eisenhower, Jr., nephew of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. To the end, Judy demonstrated the traits that characterized her life - unbending loyalty, emotional strength and compassion beyond compare. Surrounded by her beloved son Barry and grandson Scott, Judy passed away with the same dignity that characterized her life, closing a chapter on Arizona politics for the last half of the 20th Century. A native of Southern Maryland, she began her career in Congress in the 1950's after graduating from Strayer College in Washington, DC. Through sheer hard work, tenacity and loyalty, Judy rose from a mailroom clerk to one of the first women to become Chief of Staff to a United States Senator -- Barry Goldwater. Her decades-long career with Senator Goldwater began in 1952, extended through the 1964 Presidential campaign, and continued until his retirement from office in 1987. There was a strong and abiding bond between the Senator and Judy: when he retired from Washington, so did she. She moved back to Arizona and continued to be active in Arizona civic and political life. Judy's greatest legacy is the sharing of her expertise by serving as a mentor to an entire generation of leaders in politics and government - giving a start to many Goldwater staffers who would go on to successful and prominent careers including Congressmen, a Mayor, two female Assistant Cabinet Secretaries, White House officials and Congressional Staff Directors. When Judy was building her career, there were few opportunities for women in Congress. She had to be tough and she was, but she never forgot her own struggles and had a particular passion for the underdog. Uncompromising in her work and devoted to those she held close, she was an imposing and beloved personality. Judy is survived by her son, Barry, grandson, Scott, sister, Louise Sanders and several nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 10A.M. on Wednesday, January 13th, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 7655 East Main Street, Scottsdale 85251. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Barry and Peggy Goldwater Center for Democracy, 4350 East Camelback Road, Suite G-200, Phoenix, 85018.
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Published in The Arizona Republic on Dec. 6, 2015
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