Vyda G. Liaugaudas passed away on February 27, 2010. She was a long-time member of OrigamiUSA. Vyda was member # 1322 and she supported our organization and helped in many areas. She was a member of the Publications Team back in pre-computer days when everything was done by hand--drawing, inking, cutting, and pasting.
Vyda also assisted teachers at classes at Conventions and Special Sessions. Those of you who remember those days will have a good idea of just how far back Vyda went as a volunteer.
Back in 1997, Vyda was the co-administrator when our first paid administrator left. She went on to join the Library Committee and helped us when we were working on computerizing the books in our Reference Library. That involved a lot of hands-on labeling and book-checking.
One of Vyda’s strengths was in responding to members‘ special requests. Members would call and ask for photos of the annual Origami Holiday Tree, and Vyda would take photos and mail them. During Convention, and sometimes after, Vyda would get specific requests from “Where is there a reasonable place to eat?” to “What’s the best way to get to the Empire State building?” She had the city memorized. She could tell you several ways to get almost anywhere, and without needing a map.
We shall miss Vyda. She was a friend to OrigamiUSA.
Toby Schwartz (NY)