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Learning about Our Ancestor, Part 11: Mrs. Maud Proudfoot’s Service Above Self

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Born July 5,1893 in Colon, Panama, as 1st-born to Emma Blake & John Brouwer, Mrs. Maud Virginia Brouwer Proudfoot came to the Virgin Islands as a very young child.

Married March 3, 1918 to Leslie Proudfoot, Mrs. Proudfoot started her career of public service in the 1920's with the American Red Cross, where she began her life of social work.

Appointed by Gov. Paul M. Pearson July 1, 1933 as the first and only social worker in the newly established Dept. of Social Welfare, where she served in various capacities until she retired in 1963.

For more than 60 years and for as long as she was able, Mrs. Proudfoot devoted her personal and professional life to those in need. Even though she considered herself a humble servant of the needy, her untiring commitment to the betterment of her fellow man resulted in an outstanding life's work.

Most important to her were the times she could spend encouraging and supporting the elderly and the shut-ins; arranging a dignified burial for those who died without family or loved ones; reading and writing letters for the illiterate; accompanying patients to the Cancer Clinic in Puerto Rico; and lending an empathetic ear to those in need of counseling.

Her life has been a testimony to her personal credo:

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.”

~ Micah 6:8 (The New International Version)