Dorothy Rodham – the mother of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – died early Tuesday morning at the GW Hospital. She was 92 years old.
Born in Chicago in 1919, Rodham raised three children, lobbied on behalf of abandoned children and campaigned for Clinton leading up to the 2008 presidential election.
“She overcame abandonment and hardship as a young girl to become the remarkable woman she was — a warm, generous and strong woman; an intellectual; a woman who told a great joke and always got the joke; an extraordinary friend and, most of all, a loving wife, mother and grandmother,” a statement released by the Clinton Foundation Tuesday reads.
The Clinton family named GW Hospital as a place where remembrances could be sent in Rodham’s memory.
“In lieu of flowers and in line with what Dorothy would have wanted, the family have asked that any one who would want to do so would make a donation in Dorothy’s memory to George Washington Hospital where she received excellent care and made terrific friends over many years,” according to the statement.
Director of marketing at the hospital, Lisa McDonald, said grateful patients often direct donations to the hospital’s medical center or its women’s board, a nonprofit organization that handles philanthropy.
Anne Banner, hospital spokeswoman, said specific gift funds are not reported unless requested by the family.
“We are thankful to the family of Dorothy Howell Rodham for thinking of the George Washington University Medical Center and the Hospital,” Katherine Milikin, executive director for medical center development, said in a statement Wednesday. “We wish to extend our sincere condolences to the family for their loss.”
Clinton cancelled visits to the United Kingdom and Turkey after her mother became sick early this week, a State Department official told the Associated Press Monday.
She leaves behind four grandchildren: Chelsea Clinton and Zachary, Fiona and Simon Rodham.