Suzanne Vaupel, an organic food law attorney and vice president of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, died Jan. 22 at age 55 after a 14-month battle with ovarian cancer.
Ms. Vaupel was born in New Jersey and raised in Texas, where she graduated magna cum laude from Trinity University in San Antonio. She received a law degree from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco and a master's degree in agricultural economics from the University of California, Davis. She also studied international law in Scotland and Austria.
She worked in Washington, D.C., and New York as an advocate for nutrition and breakfast programs in schools. In 1976, Ms. Vaupel moved to Sacramento, Calif., to serve as staff counsel with the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, and in 1988 started a Sacramento law practice focusing on organic agriculture and international trade.
Ms. Vaupel helped write and lobby for the U.S. Organic Foods Production Act and the California Organic Foods Act, and was an active member of the Organic Trade Association, serving on several councils and committees. She was also a speaker at Natural Products Expos in the 1990s.
She is survived by her husband of more than 20 years, Tom Mullins, and her border collie Django. Donations can be made in her memory to Mercy Folsom Cancer Support Group, 10540 White Rock Road, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670, or to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, 910 17th St. NW, Ste. 413, Washington, D.C. 20006.
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