In memory of
WOLFF--Elizabeth Hess. The Board and staff of Citizens' Committee for Children of New York (CCC) mourn the passing of Elizabeth (Betty) Hess Wolff, who passed away Saturday at the age of 99. Betty took CCC's Community Leadership Course in 1971 and joined the Board in 1972. She served as President, then Chair of the Board from 1977 to 1987, received CCC's Eleanor Roosevelt Award in 2002, and became an Honorary Director in 1999. The considerable compassion, complexity of thought, stamina and insight that Betty brought to her work illuminated all of CCC's activities. Her particular interest, juvenile justice, was not the most popular choice, but Betty knew where she was needed and went right to work. She was at the forefront of the juvenile justice debate in New York City for decades. Her knowledge of the issue was difficult to match and she served as a member of the Department of Juvenile Justice's Ombudsman Review Board for nearly 20 years. Betty's vision of what was best for children shone through clearly, consistently and forcefully. She was never confused by bureaucrats or politicians, never simply took an official's word for the way programs really worked and never took no for an answer. Like CCC founder Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty led by example and was willing to tell people what they didn't want to hear if it meant making the world a better place for children. Up until her death, Betty regularly spoke with CCC staff to share her thoughts on our work. To say she will be greatly missed is an understatement. Betty was a CCC icon and this is a loss for all of us who were enriched or touched in some way by her sure hand, rare intelligence, and razor-sharp wit. The Board, Advocacy Council and staff of CCC extend our heartfelt condolences to Betty's children Nancy, Paula and Daniel, and to her grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Diana Elghanayan, Chair Veronica Dillon, President Jennifer March, Executive Director
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