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Former Ohio Chapter ED Dies at 59

Randi Paltrow, former Executive Director (ED) of the Northern Ohio Hemophilia Foundation, Inc., and recent Director of National Relations at Patient Services, Inc. (PSI), died January 20 after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Paltrow served as ED at the northern Ohio chapter from 1999-2003. In 2002 she received the National Hemophilia Foundation’s (NHF) “Award of Distinction in Programs: Communications” for revamping Bruise News, the chapter’s newsletter. She served terms as the vice president and president of NHF’s Chapter Staff Organization, doing the important work of drafting an outline for the strategic plan. Colleague Ann Rogers, ED of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the NHF, described Paltrow as, “dynamic, a great leader and fun to be with.”

Paltrow was an active volunteer in her community. She served as Director of the Board of the AIDS Task Force of Greater Cleveland and at the Cleveland United Way.

From 1992-1998 Paltrow worked at the American Red Cross in Northern Ohio. As the Manager of the West Service Area Office and a Blood Donor Consultant she increased the number of donor collections and program donations, and recruited volunteers.

Paltrow was from Great Neck, New York. She graduated from C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University in 1969.

“Randi will be missed by her family at PSI,” said Dana Kuhn, PhD, PSI president and founder and a close friend of Randi’s. “In honor of Randi and to keep her legacy and memory alive at PSI, the Board of Directors developed a ‘PSI Randi Paltrow Fund’ with the goal of growing an endowment to keep PSI perpetually funded.”

Click here to access a guest book established in Randi’s name.

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer, January 21, 2007.


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