NASW remembers longtime member Loretta Fuddy
Hawaii Department of Health Director Loretta Fuddy, an NASW member for more than 40 years, died shortly after a plane crash late last year off the Hawaiian island of Molokai.
The pilot of the Makani Kai Cessna Grand Caravan
made an emergency water landing after the single engine failed.
All nine passengers, including 65-year-old Fuddy
, made it out of the plane and into the water.
According to news reports, Fuddy
suffered a cardiac arrhythmia while waiting for rescuers, and she
was ultimately the only fatality of the crash.
NASW Hawaii Chapter Executive Director Marty Oliphant said the chapter worked with Fuddy on numerous projects and community outreach efforts.
Rita Webb, NASW senior policy adviser for women and LGBT issues, worked closely with Fuddy over the years on collaborative projects with the American Public Health Association and the Health Resources and Services Administration.
Gary Gill, acting director of the Hawaii Department of Health, said Fuddy was a tireless and effective advocate for the health needs of the most vulnerable people of Hawaii.
Fuddy had been director of the Hawaii Department of Health since 2011, and was the first social worker to hold the position.
Many people may have heard of Fuddy
when, as Hawaii's health director, she
confirmed the authenticity of President Barack Obama's birth certificate after questions arose as to whether Obama was born in the United States.
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