Judy Gedney, 1940 – 2019
On the passing of a good friend and good lifter:
by Jan Todd, Director
Judy Gedney was a good friend and has always been one of my heroes. Her graciousness and kindness toward everyone was unmatched and I find myself very sad today that she and her bright smile are no longer in the world. My heart goes out to Roger, and all her extended family at her passing.
Judy was an incredible lifter with multiple world records, national titles and world titles. As a masters lifter, she consistently lifted in the open division, beating the best in the world.
As an administrator and judge, she probably did more service to the sport of powerlifting than almost anyone else. She served as an administrator in the USPF, when we only had one federation, helped form the ADFPA and WDFPF, coached hundreds of collegiate athletes, worked with lifters with disabilities, and was an unparalleled ambassador for the sport. I loved seeing her every year at the Collegiate nationals.
She did not start training until 39, but once she found the sport, she gave it everything…and was a strong advocate for women in the sport and for drug-free sport. She and Roger donated her papers and scrapbooks to the Stark Center several years ago when she began to have some health problems. I’m so grateful to her for allowing us to preserve her story. Truly an amazing woman. Rest in peace Judy. And, thank you for all you did to make the world a better place.
More on Judy:
In 1985, Terry and I wrote a book entitled Lift Your Way to Youthful Fitness; it’s hard to imagine anyone that exemplified that title better than Judy. Here’s the chapter we wrote about her.