In Memoriam: Judy Lynn Prince
Beloved alumna Judy Lynn Prince, B.S. Journalism 1964 and Hall of Fame 1988, a generous supporter of our college, passed away on Jan. 7, 2021.
Prince, who was one of the founding members of the Dean’s Leadership Council, has donated more than $2.5 million to CJC over the years, including the establishment of the Judy Lynn Prince Scholarship/Assistantship. She was a Life Trustee of the UF Foundation and UF named her a Distinguished Alumna in 2015.
Prince retired from Mobil Corporation in 1995 after 21 years as the Executive Television Producer, responsible for many award-winning TV commercials, marketing tapes, point-of-sale in-store videos, video news releases, training tapes and documentaries, plus training senior executives for TV talk shows and appearances before Congressional Committees.
Her broadcasting career began in high school with “Tampa Bandstand,” a local version of Dick Clark’s popular “American Bandstand.” After graduating, she worked for a year for Tampa’s WEDU-TVbefore moving to New York City to work for several large public relations firms, predominantly conducting media tours and TV promotions for such organizations as the National Coffee Association, the Cigar Institute of America and other consumer products before joining Mobil Corporation. She is the past president of the New York City Chapter of American Women in Radio and Television. In 1984, she was named Public Relations Woman of the Year by the New York City Chapter of Women in Communications.
In retirement, Prince traded the corporate world for non-profit volunteer work. She is past president of the Smithsonian Women’s Committee (the largest benefactor of the Smithsonian outside the individual development offices, which raises money from the Smithsonian Craft Show, recognized as the premier craft show in the U.S.).
Throughout her career, she also was actively involved in her community. Some of the many boards she sat on are American Heart Association; American Cancer Society; American Women in Radio and Television; Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., National Council for the American Theater, and Smithsonian’s Women’s Committee. She was also a trustee of the Smithsonian National Board and Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington and on the Friends Council of the Newseum’s First Amendment Society. She has donated to the Smithsonian Institute, Phillips Collection, Washington Area Women’s Foundation, Theatre Communications Group, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and Public Relations Society of America. She was part of the capital campaign steering committee for the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, W.V.