Sallie Soule: May 13, 1928 – June 11, 2019
The State of Vermont, and the Vermont Women’s Fund lost a very dear friend, Sallie Soule.
Sallie was a trailblazer and a straight shooter who loved Vermont and worked tirelessly to uplift its residents, particularly women. She ran for the State Legislature from the Charlotte/Shelburne area in 1976, and after two terms, she went on to run successfully for the Vermont Senate in 1980. She was particularly well known for her support of issues important to women and Vermont's mental health system.
Sallie was a founding member and ongoing supporter of the Vermont Women’s Fund. I had the good fortune to see Sallie in the summers in Charlotte at church. She had these beautiful, crystal-clear blue eyes that locked right into mine when she asked, “How is the Women’s Fund doing?” I knew it was not a rhetorical question. She
wanted to know. And I had the pleasure of telling her! I continued to keep her updated after she moved full-time to Florida as I knew the organization was so near and dear to her heart.
Sallie’s legacy stretches far and wide. Outside of her role on the Appropriations, Energy, Natural Resources, Administrative Rules Committee, and the Vermont Judicial Nominating Board, she became the Commissioner of Employment and Training (now the Department of Labor) during Governor Madeleine Kunin’s administration.
In addition to the Vermont Women’s Fund, she was a founding director of the Vermont Women’s Health Center, and the Vermont Community Foundation. The list of nonprofit boards are too numerous to mention here but suffice to say, Sallie Soule had a deep, abiding love for Vermont and a lengthy record of public service to show for it!
The Vermont Women’s Fund grieves for the Soule family, especially her daughter, Sarah, who carries on Sallie’s achievements in her work with youth at Middlebury Union High School, along with many other pursuits to help Vermonters, especially young women, achieve their very best.
We will be carrying on Sallie’s memory in our hearts as well as in our philanthropic grant-making. Our mission to help Vermont women and girls rise and thrive is very much aligned with Sallie’s spirit and we are honored that she chose the Vermont Women’s Fund to be the beneficiary of gifts made in her name. We send our condolences to the family, friends, and all those whose lives were touched by her love and dedication.
A gift in honor of Sallie Soule can be
or by mail to:
Vermont Women’s Fund
3 Court Street
Middlebury, VT 05753.