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Trish Vradenburg


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May 9, 1946 - April 17, 2017 Trish Vradenburg, humorist, novelist, playwright, screenwriter, journalist and one of the nation's leading advocates in the global fight against Alzheimer's disease, died April 17, 2017 at the age of 70 at her home in Washington, D.C. Spanning a career that had a significant impact in the worlds of entertainment, publishing, and government, Ms. Vradenburg will be most remembered for her humor and writing, as well as her energy, commitment and creativity she brought to the fight against Alzheimer's disease. Ms. Vradenburg began her career as a speechwriter in the United States Senate. She was a screenwriter for several highly successful television programs, including Designing Women, Family Ties and Kate and Allie. Her novel, Liberated Lady, was a Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selection. She achieved notable success in journalism, as well. Her byline appeared extensively in the New York Daily News, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Ladies' Home Journal and Women's Day. Trish and her husband, George Vradenburg, founded UsAgainstAlzheimer's (UsA2) in 2010. Ms. Vradenburg's activism on Alzheimer's had its origin in her love for her mother, Bea Lerner, who lived with the disease. She wrote about her experiences caring for her mother in the play Surviving Grace, which was produced at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Union Square Theatre in New York City and throughout the United States and other countries. Ms. Vradenburg has been the recipient of a host of awards and recognitions, including the prestigious Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award from Research!America in recognition of her work to advance solutions to the Alzheimer's crisis. She was also honored at the Sixth Annual Great Ladies Luncheon & Fashion Show hosted by the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF), and in early 2017, she was named a Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine. In 2013, Trish received the Ballington and Maud Booth award from Volunteers of America for her efforts to stop Alzheimer's. She is survived by her husband George; daughter Alissa Vradenburg and son-in-law Michael Sheresky of Los Angeles, CA; son Tyler Vradenburg and daughter-in-law Jeannine Cacioppe Vradenburg of Chicago, IL; grandchildren Harrison Sheresky, Skyler Sheresky, May Vradenburg and Gavin Vradenburg; and her brother Rabbi Michael Lerner and sister-in-law Cat Zavis of Berkeley, CA. She was preceded in death by her father, Judge Joseph H. Lerner, and mother, Bea Lerner. Private family funeral services will take place April 20 in Los Angeles. Shiva will be observed April 24-26 from 6-9pm, in Washington, D.C. A public memorial service and celebration will take place in Washington, D.C, on May 9. Details are forthcoming, direct question to [email protected] In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Bea Lerner Fund, in honor of Trish's mother, Bea Lerner: http://usagainstalzheimers.org/bealernerfund.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Apr. 20, 2017
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