Granite Bay, California , United States
|| July 09, 1941
|| August 08, 2001
Jun 10, 2004 09:56pm
|Info||Well known as a political analyst and talk show host on radio and television, Maureen Reagan had a distinguished public service career that gave her a broad perspective on the challenges facing America. Her ability to articulate those issues clearly and succinctly made her a sought-after lecturer, speaker, and commentator. |
A best-selling author, Maureen Reagan contributed insightful views on political issues as well as never-before-published anecdotes about her father, Ronald Reagan, in her book First Father, First Daughter: A Memoir. This book reveals a passion for politics in a woman who is a political figure in her own right.
During her three decades of political activity, she held numerous leadership positions, including a two-year term of office as co-chair of the Republican National Committee. As the party?s co-chair, she institutionalized an Office of Women?s Campaign Activities, built a national volunteer network, and created a political action committee that supported over 100 women candidates between 1985 and 1992.
Well-known for her efforts and dedication to women?s issues, prior to her term as co-chair Ms. Reagan had previously served for three years as special consultant for women?s campaign activities to the chairman of the Republican National Committee. In this position she served as a liaison between the national party and women legislators and women?s organizations across the country. Among her other professional and political responsibilities, Ms. Reagan also served as president of the International Women?s Leadership Exchange (IWLE), a non profit educational organization whose charter is to further understanding among women in leadership positions around the world.
Ms. Reagan chaired the 36-member United States Delegation to the 1985 World Conference of the United Nations Decade for Women held in Nairobi, Kenya. In preparation for this world conference, Ms. Reagan actively participated in preparatory conferences in Vienna and New York and was a participant in the UNHCR Conference on Women Refugees in Geneva as well as the spring Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) meeting of the United Nations in New York City. The Nairobi conference produced the first consensus document that charted a practical course for the future advancement of women throughout the world.
Following her success at the Nairobi conference, Ms. Reagan was appointed as the United States Representative to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women by then Secretary of State George Schultz ? a position that enabled her to build upon the accomplishments and experience of the Nairobi conference and to travel extensively both at home and abroad in support of global women?s concerns. These international efforts in Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe followed numerous trips Ms. Reagan made to Europe and Asia in the early 1980s to encourage and assist more American manufacturers to explore exporting their products to foreign markets. In addition to publishing an international export trade magazine and managing an American export-oriented trade association, Ms. Reagan also served as a charter member of the California World Trade Commission.
Ms. Reagan was also actively involved in raising public awareness of key health issues, including melanoma and Alzheimer?s disease. In the spring of 1998 Ms. Reagan received the President?s Gold Triangle Award from the American Academy of Dermatology for her work in raising awareness of melanoma and promoting the importance of skin examinations.
Ms. Reagan was deeply committed to raising awareness of Alzheimer?s disease and the importance of research and caregiver support. Her activities on behalf of the Alzheimer cause included serving as a member of the Association's national board from 1999 until her death in 2001; testifying before Congress to advocate for more funding for Alzheimer research and caregiver support; and serving as national honorary chair of the Association?s annual Memory Walk from 1997 until 2000. In October 2000, Ms. Reagan received the Association?s Distinguished Service Award for her outstanding service to the national board and for helping advance the mission of the organization to ?create a world without Alzheimer?s.?
At the time in her death in August 2001, Ms. Reagan, lived in the Sacramento area with her husband, Mr. Dennis C. Revell, and their 15-year-old daughter, Rita, who arrived from Uganda in 1994. Their lively household also included their dog, Boxcar Willie; their cat, Phoebe; and approximately 40 ducks and geese.