The Passing Of a Community Action Pioneer Rosalie Tryon Barber (November 13, 1927 – March 7, 2015)

On March 7, 2015, Rosalie Tryon Barber, founder and first Executive Director of ADVOCAP, Inc., passed away peacefully in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Rosalie

In 1964, then President Lyndon Johnson and Congress had declared the beginning of the War on Poverty by creating the Office of Economic Opportunity, headed by the late Sargent Shriver.

Many miles away in 1965 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, an energetic and dedicated Rosalie Tryon heard about the War on Poverty and the local agencies that would fight poverty on the local level. With her trade-mark “can do” attitude and boundless enthusiasm, she set about creating the “Fond du Lac Area Economic Opportunity Community, Inc” that would later be renamed  ADVOCAP, Inc. Continue reading