CLEARFIELD – During yesterday’s work session, the Clearfield County Commissioners took a moment to remember the late Eleanor (Williams) Ludwig, who was the county’s “first lady commissioner.”
Ludwig of LaJose died Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 at Colonial Courtyard, Tyrone. She was 88 years old. Ludwig was the Clearfield County Chief Clerk from 1984-1991 and took office as commissioner in 1992.
Ludwig was the first woman to serve as Clearfield County Commissioner. “She was a pioneer at a time when politics and government were pretty much exclusively dominated by men,” said Commissioner John A. Sobel, chair.
“She carved herself a very successful career and niche in politics and government. All of the [current] commissioners knew Eleanor, and we’re all better people for knowing her. Clearfield County is also a better place because of her devote service.”
Commissioner Joan Robinson-McMillen remembered Ludwig as above all else a lady. She described her as a “kind” woman who “found goodness” in every person as well as in bad situations.
“She was very proud to be the first woman to serve as commissioner,” said Robinson-McMillen. She noted that Ludwig broke the mold for women, including her. “Eleanor was so proud that women could have their place in leadership roles.
“She was a wonderful role model for any person but especially for young women. She will be sorely missed.”
Solicitor Kim Kesner concurred, saying Ludwig’s public service was a wonderful example for young people. According to him, Ludwig entered the political arena as a role model. “There wasn’t an ugly or mean bone in her body,” said Kesner.
Kesner said if there would have been a local Nobel Peace Prize, Ludwig certainly would have been a deserving recipient. He also noted that the county has its Courthouse Annex because of Ludwig’s steady hand.
Commissioner Mark B. McCracken was absent from the meeting but released this statement on Ludwig’s passing.
“I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Eleanor during her years as chief clerk and county commissioner. She was always a person who showed kindness to everyone and used her many years in public service to make Clearfield County a better place.”