Spotted Owl

I have to give a public tribute to my life long friend, John H.Trudeau, Ph.D.

In this world of down-sizing and out-sourcing it is unusual to find someone who has worked in one job, for one employer, for twenty-five years. John, up until a few weeks ago, was the Director for the Center for Social Policy and Community Development at Temple University. John brought his whole caring self to the task. He is a world class grant and proposal writer. His skills brought in the money, as well as bringing a sense of love and caring to the endeavor.

The Center, presently, under the School of Social Administration at Temple University, is, to the people of North Philadelphia, and across Pennsylvania, the human face on a faceless monolith. When the folks in North Philadelphia need help and advice the Center is where they go. There was no better human face to represent this organization than John’s.

The center provides help to neighborhood community groups, jobs for graduate students, support for social workers across Pennsylvania, and more good will towards the university than I or anyone can measure.

But everyone, after twenty-five years in the struggle is due some rest, and a change of pace.

I asked John what he had planned for retirement….a vacation?, a rocking chair on his Germantown porch?….He said, ” I want a few weeks of quiet contemplation and then I want to do something that helps others.”

So, although John is no longer at Temple, he is going to do what he has always done throughout his life. Make a difference.
So far so good.

1 Comment so far

  1. Genevieve (unregistered) on February 25th, 2007 @ 2:26 pm

    Thanks, Joe. I think my dad’s the greatest, it’s nice to hear what others think and know! I have always strived to be the kind of person he is, he has set a great example for his own children, and, as you said, for others, too.


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