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KOPPES, Carolyn Pfab

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KOPPES, Carolyn Pfab. (Bernard, IA, Oct. 27, 1947--- ) The eighth of ten children of Henry and Regina (Kurt) Pfab, Carolyn remembered that the family's first television was purchased, just in time to be able to "see" the National Democratic convention in the summer of 1955. Her family identified with being Roosevelt Democrats because FDR "had saved the country." When John F. Kennedy was campaigning for the presidency in 1960, Caroline had compiled a scrapbook of every picture/article she could find of Senator Kennedy and his wife. As a high school student, she remembers the shock and sadness when a teacher (a Franciscan nun) told the class that "our President was killed!"

When Caroline attended Trinity College in Washington D.C. she stuffed envelopes in several senators' offices. Caroline was a special education teacher for 39 years, with 32 of them being at WASHINGTON JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL later "middle school." While teaching, her involvement with politics consisted of voting, caucusing, contacting legislators on particular issues, and keeping current on various issues.

She met Senator Barack Obama when he spoke from the back of a pick-up at LINCOLN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL and signed a pledge card to caucus for him the following January. After her retirement from teaching, she made the decision to work for the president's re-election. In the summer of 2010, Caroline got involved in canvassing for the midterms. She then became a Neighborhood Team Leader for Organizing for America - Iowa.

She was named to the Dubuque County Democrats Hall of Fame in 2013 as a Volunteer of the Year.

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Dubuque County Democrats Hall of Fame. Online: http://www.dbqdemocrats.org/halloffameinductees.php#CarolineKoppes