Mangaluru ex-deputy mayor Judith Mascarenhas dies



Former deputy mayor and social worker Judith Mascarenhas passed away here on Jan 9. She was 85.

She was known as a political leader, a social worker and a teacher. The funeral will be held on Jan 11 evening at St Sebastian Church, Bendoor.

Judith was bedridden for some time and was suffering from paralysis. The nuns at Maria Nivas, Jeppu, were taking care of her. She had donated her house to St Vincent De Paul Society. Her 85th birthday was celebrated last month.

Born on December 22, 1931, to Konkani poet and journalist Aloysius I Mascarenhas and teacher Magdalene, Judith completed her studies from Madras University.

She took up teaching as a career at Cambridge School, Bengaluru, and continued at Capitanio Junior College. She worked as a teacher for 22 years before taking voluntary retirement.

She served Mangaluru as deputy mayor for two terms and as a corporator for three terms.

Judith had represented the Catholic Women of India at the International Catholic Women’s Meet at Rome. She was selected as a member of a team of four from India to participate in the International Conference on Women and Politics in Asia (WPA) ’Discovering the Gender Face of Politics’ in Islamabad, Pakistan in 2005.

A dedicated social worker, ‘Judy Bai’, as she was fondly known, founded Preethi Neethi Trust in 1991 to uplift the poor and destitute. She held several other posts as founder member and treasurer of Link De-addiction Citizens’ Committee, member of Mangalore Railway Station Consultative Committee, treasurer of Mahila Vedike Nagara Parisarasakthara Okkoota, joint secretary of the Dakshina Kannada Association for the Blind, director of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi Zilla Mahila Co-operative Bank, director of the Canara Catholic Co-operative Educational Society, to name a few.

She also served as the editor of Konkani Youth Monthly ‘Yuvak’ for five years, editor and publisher of Kannada bi-monthly ‘Deepika’ and editor and publisher of Kannada monthly ‘Nagara Deepika’ for 15 years each.

As a corporator, she ran a popular newsletter and was instrumental in getting sub-committes formed to combat malaria, when it was at its peak.

She was the recipient of district Rajyotsava Award in 2015, Lifetime Achievement Award by St Agnes College Alumnae Association, social service honour at Dakshina Kannada Kannada Sahitya Sammelana and many more.

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