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Jewish Heritage: The Oral Histories - Cuba Family Archives

MEMOIRIST:                     JUDITH ALEXANDER AUGUSTINE

INTERVIEWER:                 DOROTHY COHEN

LOCATION:                       ATLANTA, GEORGIA

DATE:                                 MAY 2, 1988

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Biography

Judith Alexander Augustine was born in 1949 in Atlanta, Georgia, to parents Hermione Weil Alexander and Cecil Alexander. She had a younger brother, Douglas Alexander, and an older sister, Terri (Alexander-Cox). Her father was a prominent Atlanta architect responsible for some of the city’s most notable public buildings including Fulton County Stadium, and corporate headquarters for Coca-Cola, BellSouth, and Georgia Power. Her mother was a committed and active volunteer in the community, and both parents were social activists supporting a wide range of causes.

As a child in Atlanta, Judith attended The Lovett School and later The Westminster Schools. After high school, she moved to San Francisco and worked as a graphic designer for San Francisco Magazine. She lived in California for 17 years, but returned to Atlanta after her parents were involved in an auto accident with a drunk driver in 1983, which took her mother’s life. She and her husband Ed Augustine and their son Jed Alexander Augustine, remained in Atlanta after that time.

Scope

Judith describes memories of her mother, Hermione Weil Alexander, as part of the Women of Achievement project. She reflects on life with her parents—both very active in the community—and her time at The Lovett School and The Westminster Schools as a young Jewish girl. She shares stories and remembrances of her mother’s active volunteer life and its impact on the community and her family. She also talks about her young son, Jed, and ways she works to make her mother’s memory a part of his upbringing.

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