Rita McGaughey spent much of her 85 years working on labor issues, women’s rights, and the rights of the disabled. She started the Easter Seals’ Washington D.C. office and worked on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. In retirement she spent five years in Rama, Israel, where she formed the Health for Minorities Project in the Galilee.
She was a longtime AMEU supporter. Not just monetarily. Her moral force was that of a happy warrior, pushing for simple fairness. That she remembered AMEU in her will makes us grateful, certainly. But also proud that she thought so highly of our work.
Our condolences go out to her two sisters and numerous nieces and nephews.
—John F. Mahoney, Executive Director