Jennifer Leigh Disney
Judith Ann Dowty Pittard was born July 9, 1948. Her father was a career enlisted member of the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany when Judith was born. Judy graduated from Frankfort American High School in 1966. She was influenced by Young Life in high school and her personal faith journey began. Moving to the states for college, Judy received her B.S. in Nursing from the University of Virginia in 1970. A year later she married Bill Pittard, a third year medical student. Along with their first son, Bill IV, they moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where Bill completed his training in Pediatrics and a Fellowship in Neonatology at Case Western Reserve University. During the eleven years that Bill and Judy lived in Cleveland, the family grew with twin girls, Emily and Ann, Andrew, and Benjamin. Tragedy visited the family when Ann was diagnosed with cancer at two years old and died. Her faith, family and friends helped Judy through this most difficult time. The Pittards moved to Charleston, South Carolina in 1985, where Bill became Director of the Division of Neonatology at the Medical University of South Carolina. In Charleston the family became involved with Grace United Methodist Church, and Judy assumed an active role in the church. She also completed a nursing refresher course and returned to part-time work in 1992 as an RN. With a spirit of unconditional love, Judy’s mother instilled in her and her four siblings the love of reading and gardening and the importance of strong faith. It is this foundation that Judith credits for any successes she might enjoy as a parent.
Oral History | United States History | Women's History
Pittard, Judith Dowty, "Interview with Judith Ann Dowty Pittard" (2015). South Carolina Mother of the Year Oral History Archives. 25.
LC Subject Headings
Mothers -- South Carolina, Awards -- South Carolina, South Carolina Mothers Association