Obituary: Judy Gerjuoy

Fan Judy Gerjuoy (b.1958) died on February 28. Gerjuoy, who also went by the name Jaelle of Armida, organized the first Darkover Grand Council Meeting in 1979 to celebrate the writing of Marion Zimmer Bradley, and continued to chair it for several years until her death. She also had an interest in Medieval cookery and compiled a massive annotated bibliography of historical cooking. After getting married, Gerjuoy lived in Finland for several years.


  1. Heather Rose Jones — March 2, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

    Minor correction: Judy continued to chair the annual Darkover Grand Council Meeting up to the present. (Not officially associated with the con com, just a very sad long-time attendee.)

  2. Catarina de Montemartin — March 3, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

    Judy Gerjuoy is sadly missed here in Finland. She was a long time official in the Barony of Aarnimetsä (SCA Finland) and held both Laurel and Pelican in the Society of Creative Anachronism. She passed away peacefully in her sleep. She is survived by her husband Master Juhana Maununpoika Kivisuo, mundanely known as Tero Heikkinen.

  3. Vnend — March 3, 2013 @ 11:43 pm

    Note that, per Tero (Judy’s husband) on Live Journal, she died Feb 28, not March 1:

    “Early on Thursday morning, J passed away.”

  4. Ellen Kushner — May 28, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

    So very sorry to learn of Judy’s death! At her invitation, I was a GoH at DarkoverCon last year. She was caring and hospitable and thoughtful and kind throughout the process. I am so glad I got to experience her great strengths. The world will miss her.

  5. kitten — June 19, 2013 @ 11:23 am

    I just found out about this via alt.callahans. This is a total shock.

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