FRAMINGHAM – District 2 School Committee member Karen Foran Dempsey, who was the founder of the Framingham Disability Commission, died on Christmas eve in 2020. Dempsey, who used a motorized scooter, served on the Commission until her death.
On Tuesday night, January 5, the 11-member City Council will be asked to pass a resolution on Dempsey, submitted by City Council Chair George P. King Jr.
The resolution reads:
We, the members of the Framingham City Council, through this resolution of appreciation and remembrance, express our gratitude and respect for the life and works of Karen Foran Dempsey.
WHEREAS, Karen Dempsey was born and brought up in Framingham and dedicated her life works to improving our City
WHEREAS, Karen Dempsey experienced a challenging physical disability from her early years and never let it impede her living life to the fullest
WHEREAS, Karen Dempsey used her experience to advocate vigorously for all people to have equal access and equal opportunity
WHEREAS, Karen Demspey was widely recognized as the founder of Framingham’s Disability Commission through her strong advocacy for the disability community,
WHEREAS, Karen Dempsey relentlessly served Framingham and its citizens for decades, leaving a lasting legacy of success, meaningful change and improved opportunities for all
WHEREAS, Karen Dempsey served on the Disability Commission and was an elected member of the Framingham School Committee at the time of her untimely passing,
THEREFORE, be it resolved we as a community will mourn the passing of this remarkable woman with her family and friends, and be it further resolved that we, the Framingham City Council, ask the Mayor submit a proposal to name a suitable building, room or other appropriate location to honor the legacy of Karen Foran Dempsey, and that such proposal be proffered within thirty days of this resolution for consideration,