On March 9, long time political activist and fabulous DTBF contributor Doris “Granny D” Haddock passed away. She was 100 years old. “Granny D” started generating media attention at the tender young age of 89. That was in 1999, when this amazing woman decided to walk across America in an effort to raise awareness of campaign finance reform. During this cross-continental walk, Haddock slept in tents, scaled mountain peaks, walked through deserts and gave lots of passionate speeches on the need for reform. Just after turning 90, and 3,200 miles later, she reached her final destination of Washington, D.C., greeting thousands of supporters upon her arrival. (Read Granny D’s DTBF story, an excerpt from her book, “Walking Across America in My Ninetieth Year.”)
A few years later, after turning 94, Haddock ran as a Democratic nominee for a newly opened Senate seat in New Hampshire. Her campaign for this seat was documented by film-maker Marlo Poras in “Run Granny Run.” Poras was in her early ’20’s at that time and says, “filming her was the most exhausting thing I’ve ever done – and the most inspiring.”
For a longer bio, read Haddock’s Obituary notice from the Associated Press. We also encourage you to watch some of her inspiring video clips on our DTBF youtube channel! (Look in our celebrated contributor playlist.)
May Haddock continue to be an inspiration to people everywhere!