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A Tribute To Caroline Page

Rep. Sam Farr

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Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor the life of a woman who helped change the face of the Monterey Peninsula in California. Caroline Page died last month at the age of 72, but the legacy she created will carry her memory for a long time to come.

Caroline was the daughter of a consul and the wife of a member of the military, so she was used to traveling and moving. When she moved to Monterey in 1958, however, she knew she had found a place where she could work wonders, and lived there until she died.

She joined the Monterey Peninsula chapter of the League of Women Voters, and remained active in it until her death. Indeed, Mr. Speaker, she chaired several committees and projects, and even served as the chapter's president from 1978 to 1980. She was the driving force behind the establishment of the League's housing committee, and helped complete their two-year study on affordable housing on the Peninsula.

Her political interests did not end there. Caroline was active on many political campaigns, beginning with George McGovern's presidential campaign. She was also active on the campaigns for former Monterey County Supervisor Karin Strasser Kauffman, Leon Panetta's first run for this body, and my father, Fred Farr's California State Assembly campaigns.

Caroline Page was also a tireless advocate and worker for education. She did everything from volunteering in classrooms to serving on local school boards and community college boards. Perhaps her greatest inflence in education came when she was elected to the Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) Board of Trustees in 1987, and subsequently re-elected for two more terms. In this role she helped form the MPC Foundation, the essential fund-raising arm of the college. With donations from her and her husband and the rest of the community, the Foundation helped build a language lab and complete renovation projects throughout the campus, among other things.

Caroline was an inspiring woman who was universally adored. She was honored by many throughout her life, including a special recognition by the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce as their 1999 Public Official of the Year. She was a devoted, dedicated and knowledgeable public servant, and she will be sorely missed by her husband of almost 50 years, Charles; sons Stephen of Sonoma, California, David and Chris of San Jose, California, and Jeff of Silver Spring, Maryland; her brother, John Randolf of Burlington, Iowa; and six grandchildren.