Therese Fitzhugh 2


Therese Janette Fitzhugh was born April 5, 1943 in Vandalia, Ill., the only child of John E. Fitzhugh and Frieda Mae Whalen. She lived in New Harmony, Ind., graduating from St. Theresa Grade School in 1958, and Mater Dei High School in 1962. She graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in psychology.
She contracted polio at the age of 12, and through her life and career, she was active in Easter Seals and other organizations for the physically challenged. She worked her entire adult life promoting barrier-free access to public places for the physically challenged. She participated in Wheelchair Games and Paralympics for six years, earning bronze, silver, and gold medals in track and bowling. She was successful in business, working in New Jersey for 13 years for a pharmaceutical company and several law firms. She was also actively involved in her Catholic Faith through her church in Indiana and Oklahoma, teaching classes, preparing instructors, and singing. She was a lover of the arts; she was very talented in many artistic venues.
She died January 18, 2014, at her home in Norman, Oklahoma.
The family requests donations be made to Carter Hospice, 828 N Porter Ave, Norman, OK 73071.


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2 thoughts on “Therese Fitzhugh

  • Diann Hansler

    Teresa and I were friends back in high school. She was a wonderful example of someone with a disability who refused to let it ruin her life. I admired her so much. She would soundly beat me when we went bowling. I remember one year at solo-ensamble contest, I went to her performance. How she hit those high notes whild seated in a wheel-chair, I’ll never know.

    I haven’t seen or heard anything about Teresa for years until a mutual friend told me of her passing. Knowing her enriched my life. She was a role-model. I know she will be missed.