Saturday, June 30, 2012

In Memoriam: Julie Uram, 1925 - 2012

When I think back on the years I spent working in Western Pennsylvania politics, there are a handful of great personalities who stand out.  Julie Uram, who died Friday at the age of 87, is certainly among them.

Simply put, Julie was a dynamo.  Her obituary details the numerous charitable, religious and political organizations strengthened by her fundraising acumen and gift for building relationships.  To paraphrase Blessed John Henry Newman, Julie was "a link in the chain, a bond of connection between persons."

I became acquainted with Julie through the Washington County Republican Party, an organization dear to her.  I will long remember the wonderful holiday parties she hosted at her beautiful and unique home (and the gigantic live Christmas tree that dominated her high-ceiling living room).

Julie understood the importance of local politics.  She knew that meaningful support for a candidate begins in neighborhoods and among families and groups of friends.  (She was a seasoned practitioner of the phone tree.)

Julie's drive and dedication were an inspiration to me and many others.  Her leadership and presence will be missed.

From the prayers at the conclusion of the funeral Mass:


May the angels lead you into paradise,
may the martyrs come to welcome you,
and take you to the holy city,
the new and eternal Jerusalem.

The photo above is from the Post-Gazette.