Editor's note: In honor of Women's History Month, we're bringing you stories of the women who shaped NPF's past.
From the day the Foundation began operating, we’ve been blessed by the presence of volunteers who did not have psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. Golda L. Falloon was one of many.
Falloon was a retired executive from the Portland, Oregon, chapter of the American Cancer Society. She helped founder Beverly Foster by setting up a professional recordkeeping system. When Foster left the Foundation in 1979, the systems Falloon set up were instrumental in helping new staff manage ongoing projects.
Falloon passed away in 1979. She was memorialized in the Spring 1980 Bulletin (forerunner of today’s Psoriasis Advance):
“She volunteered a great portion of her time and her superb knowledge of lay health organizations to help the newly established National Psoriasis Foundation….In volunteer recruitment, in working with the Medical Advisory Board, and in her consultations with the NPF staff, she guided the organization and gifted it with her generous spirit and tactful presence.
“This edition of the Bulletin is dedicated to Mrs. Falloon, who died recently. Those who were not fortunate enough to know her in person still have been touched by her presence, and will be heir to her thoughtfulness as long as the Foundation shall endure.”
Other stories in our Women's History Month series:
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