WOLA was deeply saddened by the passing of long-time friend and supporter Dr. Montague (Monty) Yudelman on January 22, 2013.
Monty and his late wife, Sally Yudelman, were unfailing supporters of WOLA’s mission to promote social justice in Latin America and of WOLA’s internship program—named in honor of Sally—that trains young people to be the next generation of human rights and social justice advocates. Sally, the one-time Chair of WOLA’s Board of Directors, was a role model to young people seeking to promote human rights, particularly young women.
Monty was an inspiration in his own right as an avid supporter of international agricultural development. He published widely on this issue and made many advances in the field through his work at the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Ford Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.
“For over 8 years, WOLA interns have been inspired by the dedication and intellect that Monty brought to solving some of the world’s greatest problems. WOLA’s program will continue to honor Monty and Sally’s legacy, ensuring that new generations of young people follow in their footsteps by finding ways to make the world a better place,”said Joy Olson, WOLA’s Executive Director.
Monty was a personal friend to many at WOLA, and he will be greatly missed by us all.
Photo: Monty with WOLA's 2012 fall interns in September 2012.