Today, we feel the overwhelming sadness of losing one of our own – one at the very core of NASGA. Lori Duboys was one of the original founders of NASGA, serving as Vice President until her retirement a few years ago when she was in her early 80’s. She is directly responsible for who NASGA was when we began and who NASGA became as we grew. Her retirement from NASGA wasn’t a full retirement as she had planned; she just slowed down some. In fact she was in the middle of a NASGA project just last week.
Lori always put herself last. She was the kind of person who couldn’t just see a wrong, she had to do her best to fix it. Her legacy lies in the many people she has helped over years and will continue to help because of her input and dedication to NASGA. Her legacy will live well beyond her life. And we will miss her dearly.
Lorraine Duboys, NASGA Co-founder
One of Lori’s children summed up her essence perfectly: “My mother was always ahead of her time. She wore jeans to school in the 40s and 50s, cut classes and dropped out at 15, eventually getting her GED in her 40s. She rode horses and motorcycles. She fought to get recognition for court reporters who used the steno mask/recording system (as opposed to the typed code-style) and was the first to be allowed to join their organization using her method. She has fought for lemon laws, against corruption in the courts, and for the rights of those under guardianship. She helped found a non-profit, NASGA – National Association to Stop Guardian Abuse. Mom is a member of Mensa.”
Before NASGA, Lori was very active in NY and directly responsible for a hard-hitting expose in the NY Daily News in 2001 titled, “Milking the Helpless.” Lori enjoyed words and she loved the title and found it fitting in describing guardianship abuse.