FAIR Mourns the Passing of Edith Blodgett, Long-Time Board Member
WASHINGTON, April 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) mourns the loss of Edith Blodgett, who served on FAIR’s Board of Directors from 2006 to 2009 and as a member of FAIR’s Board of Advisors for more than two decades. More importantly, she was a dear friend to many who have worked for true immigration reform in the United States. Throughout her life, Mrs. Blodgett was a dedicated philanthropist who devoted her energies and resources to making America and the world a better place.
“Edith was an important part of FAIR’s success over many years, and she will be greatly missed by all who were the beneficiaries of her wisdom and her generosity,” said Dan Stein, president of FAIR. “On a personal level, she was a kind and caring friend whose warmth touched those who were privileged to know her. Even at the age of 95 she remained active and committed to the causes and people she cared about.”
Edith was the widow of John Blodgett, a lumber magnate from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Like her late husband, Edith was committed to giving back to her country and ensuring that future generations of Americans could enjoy a high quality of life. Her devotion to family planning and population stabilization led her to the cause of immigration reform and to FAIR. Edith recognized the need to curb rapid, immigration-fueled population growth in order to preserve America’s environment and conserve our nation’s resources.
In addition to her work with FAIR, Edith was an important patron of the arts in her hometown of Grand Rapids. Among other philanthropic endeavors, Edith and her late husband were involved in a variety of causes designed to benefit children in Michigan.
“On behalf of the entire FAIR family, I want to express my sincere condolences to the Blodgett family,” Stein said. “We share your loss and hope that you take comfort in the knowledge that Edith led a long and productive life and was inspiration to so many people.”
Founded in 1979, FAIR is the country’s largest immigration reform group. With over 250,000 members nationwide, FAIR fights for immigration policies that serve national interests, not special interests. FAIR believes that immigration reform must enhance national security, improve the economy, protect jobs, preserve our environment, and establish a rule of law that is recognized and enforced. Visit FAIR’s website at www.fairus.org.