Atheist activist and FFRF Life Member Anne Mardick died on Feb. 15.
She had been a member of FFRF since 2008 and was a founding member of FFRF’s Valley of the Sun chapter in Arizona. She also founded and was president of the Greater Phoenix Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Mardick helped coordinate the billboard campaigns in Phoenix and Tucson in 2011. The billboards featured families, couples, a blind student with the statement: “Faith without reason is true blindness,” a Spanish-speaking participant and a plain-spoken bus driver.
Mardick was a board member of both the Secular Coalition for Arizona and the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona.
Besides being an FFRF Life Member, she was also a lifetime member of the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix, the American Humanist Association and the National Center for Science Education. She was a Humanist minister and was the Humanist representative on the Arizona Interfaith Movement board of directors.
A retired telecommunications professional with nearly three decades of technical and leadership experience, Anne spent most of her career in new product development. She held director-level positions at both US West. (now CenturyLink) and Sprint. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in telecommunications.