George A. Moudry, who served as the top executive at Lifeworks for 17 years beginning in 1976, passed away on Friday, June 8, 2018 at age 90.
Moudry was a fierce advocate for Lifeworks and people with disabilities, and his leadership allowed the Lifeworks early intervention program for infants and toddlers with disabilities to become the largest in the state of Minnesota by the mid-1980s.
During his tenure, Lifeworks was awarded a federal grant to establish “Project Dakota” in order to develop an effective and practical service delivery system to serve as a model for improving or beginning early intervention programs.
“George was a tremendous leader who set the standard for innovation at Lifeworks,” said President and CEO Jeff Brown. “He was also an uncommonly kind and caring person. He will be greatly missed.”
Moudry guided Lifeworks through substantial organizational change and growth, as services for children were transferred to school districts, the organization began serving individuals with disabilities year-round, as well as developing expertise in supported employment, the start of business relationships that have become one of the organization’s greatest strengths.
In 1993, the year prior to Moudry stepping down as the leader of Lifeworks, he helped the organization develop a model of values-based decision-making that would guide Lifeworks for more than 20 years.
Moudry’s legacy lives on at Lifeworks and we express our sincerest condolences to his wife Sharon (Berner) Moudry; sons, James Paul (Sarah Rose Wikenhauser) Houston, TX, and Benedict George (Michelle Beinner) Redlands, CA; six grandchildren: Edison, Margaret, Oliver, Sawyer, Sylvie, Lucinda; brothers, Fr. Richard Moudry, James (Carole Kastigar) Moudry, and sister, Anne Kemp.
Services will be at St. Joan of Arc Church, located at 4537 Third Avenue South in Minneapolis. Visitation will be on Thursday, June 14 from 10:30 a.m. – noon, with Mass of Christian Burial at noon and lunch following. Burial will take place at Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota.
Memorials preferred to Lifeworks and St. Joan of Arc Church.