MADISON, Roberta Eleanor Was born in New York City, the daughter of A.I. and Grace Madison. Ms. Madison was a visionary, educator, social reformer, doting grandmother of six and valued mother to her son Jerry and daughter Susan. "Bobbie" as she was known to her friends and colleagues, began her adult life as a registered nurse in New York before moving to Los Angeles where she focused on raising her children who graduated from Beverly Hills High School. When the women's movement began in earnest, Bobbie turned her attention to education where she earned her Bachelors in History and her Masters in Ancient History at UCLA. Upon receipt of her Masters, Bobbie decided that the future lay in technology and science so refocused her efforts, earning a Doctorate in Public Health, also at UCLA. Following her graduation, Bobbie began a distinguished teaching career at Cal State University at Northridge where she became a full professor of statistics and epidemiology. Ms. Madison served on a number of committees while at Northridge including helping to found the Women's Studies Department, chaired the Health Sciences Department. In addition, she was a staunch supporter of My Friend's Place, a day shelter for homeless teenagers. In 2010 Bobbie was honored by the CSUN Women's Studies Department as a "Phenomenal Woman" for her outstanding contributions. Bobbie will be remembered for her energy, her compassion, her forward thinking, her breadth of interests and her undying friendship to people of a diversity of backgrounds. A champion of many causes and for many people, Bobbie is survived by her loving family and friends. Services for Bobbie will be held 11:00 today, Tuesday July 16, 2013 at Hillside Memorial Park 800.576.1994. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to My Friends Place in honor of Roberta Madison.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on July 16, 2013