COMMUNITY VOICES | Letters of wife of MN Congressman Walter Judd to be published as book


Miriam Barber Judd was a prolific letter writer. She could pour out her feelings and experiences much more easily on paper than propriety allowed her to in daily life. The result is an amazing collection of letters (she left almost 2,000) and private writings that give a real-time, first-person account of the life behind a public servant.

Now her daughter, Mary Lou Judd Carpenter, has put these together in a volume called Miriam’s Words: The Personal Price of a Public Life. These selections give a chronological, well-written, insightful account of the life of the spouse of a public servant, Dr. Walter Judd, who was a medical missionary to China in the 1920s and 1930s, a 20-year Congressman and a delegate to the United Nations. Miriam kept the home fires burning, and was an undaunted masterful manager of the many worlds she inhabited.

What is seldom heard is the price of such service. The details are all captured here. And it wasn’t all misery. She met with Madam Chiang Kai-shek, Eleanor Roosevelt, Queen Elizabeth and many others. And Miriam was a formidable woman in her own right. She gave speeches to countless women’s groups and was a leader of the Washington YWCA.

The launch event will be on Monday, Sept 9 starting at 3:30 pm until 6:00 pm. It will be held at the University of Minnesota International Center, which houses the offices of the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, which administers the Judd Fellowship each year. Mary Lou will provide commentary on her mother’s fascinating life, with remarks and photos presented at 4:00 and 5:30 pm. Refreshments will be served.

Join us to launch this fascinating account of a time long past. Miriam’s Words will enrich readers’ understanding of 20th-century politics, international relations, and domestic life, and the creation of the world in which we live.