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Enud Aniko McGiffert  

Died peacefully on February 12, 2017 in Washington surrounded by family and friends. She was 81.
Enud Von Kibedi Varga was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1935. She and her family fled Hungary during World War II to Germany before coming to the United States in 1950 and settling in Poughkeepsie, New York, where she completed high school. She graduated from Manhattanville College in 1956 and moved to Washington, where she taught English as a second language at Georgetown University and later American University.
In the late 1970s, Enud pursued her Master's degree in social work to support homeless and at-risk children. Later, she became an entrepreneur, opening her own public relations firm, which served clients such as King Hussein of Jordan. In 1992, she returned to Budapest, where she taught English and led life skills trainings. In 2009, she retired and returned to Washington.
Enud was known by friends as glamourous, passionate, and free-spirited. She was a staunch supporter of social justice and civil rights, worked to end world hunger, and volunteered on several political campaigns. She is survived by two daughters from her marriage to David E. McGiffert from whom she was divorced, Carola McGiffert and Laura M. Slover (Bill), both of Washington; three grandchildren; a niece; two nephews; and a brother, Gabor Von Varga of Germany.
A gathering to celebrate her life will be held on May 13. Contributions in her memory may be made to The Homeless Children's Playtime Project, 1525 Newton Street NW Washington, DC 20010 or http://www.playtimeproject.org/

Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 26, 2017
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