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Joann Fairchild Ludington

Died: Wednesday, November 06, 2002
Grosse Pointe Shores resident Joann Fairchild-Ludington, 57, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Mrs. Fairchild-Ludington had a varied career.

She worked for New York Magazine; the debut issue and first year of Ms. Magazine with Gloria Steinem; and was executive vice president of PBAA, a national publishing trade association.

She turned to broadcasting and received her FCC license in Cleveland. She worked for WKSW; was a talk show host and news reporter with WJW; and also worked as a morning and afternoon traffic reporter.

Mrs. Fairchild-Ludington moved to Grosse Pointe in 1989, where she dedicated the majority of her time to the Grosse Pointe Public School System.

She was president of the Grosse Pointe North Parent's Club, publisher and editor of the club's newsletter; co-chair of the 1996 All-Night Party; and co-chair of Norsemoms.

She also worked with her friend, Lana Vrabal, to write Dennis Archer's newsletter, "The Future is Now."

She is survived by her husband Ivan Ludington Jr; her sons, Michael Ludington Fairchild and Ian Ludington; her stepchildren, Dana (Judy) Fairchild, David (Karen) and Susan (Randall) Gillary; her grandchildren, David, Erin and Kathy; her step-grandchildren Emily, Jennifer and Katie; her sister, Diane Fairchild of Grosse Pointe Shores; her brother, John A. "Bobby" (Anne) Fairchild Jr.; and her niece, Alexandria Fairchild.

She was predeceased by her step-granddaughter, Kimberly Ann.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, Nov. 9 at Mariner's Church in Detroit.

Interment is at Ludington Cemetery in Harbor Beach.

Arrangements were made by A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Kimberly Anne Gillary Foundation, 201 West Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI 48084 or to Mariner's Church, 170 East Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48226.
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