Lois was a feminist, human rights activist,
LGBT rights activist, and domestic violence advocate.

Called “one of the most prominent advocates in Maine for abused women,” she served as Executive Director of Family Crisis Services (now Through These Doors) in Portland for more than three decades. From 1984 to 1987 she served as Executive Vice President of the National Organization for Women in Washington D.C. She was a co-founder of the Human Rights Campaign Fund, the Maine Coalition for Human Rights, the Maine Women’s Lobby, and the first Maine chapter of the National Organization for Women. She was inducted into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame in 1998. Lois was also an avid traveler, having made it to every state in the Union, and every continent except Antarctica.

Lois was a consummate networker in the finest sense of that word – transforming working relationships into lasting friendships in the process of making the world better for everyone.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to:

Share your Memories and Condolences

All are welcome to share memories and honor Lois Galgay-Reckitt on November 12th at 1:00 PM at the Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray Street in Portland. We are collecting tributes and photos to show during the Irish wake following the memorial program. Please add photos to the Shared Album “Remembering Lois Galgay-Reckitt” on your iPhone, use the direct link below or the upload form on this page to contribute. If you have questions or need help, please email jean@maineirishcom.

Apple Shared Album: https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0n5Uzl7VG5lHDa

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