Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Sister Diane Drufenbrock, one-time Socialist Party vice presidential candidate, has died

06 November 2013

By Jan Uebelherr
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Sister Diane Drufenbrock, a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis who ran on the Socialist Party's presidential ticket in 1980, died on Monday. She was 84.

The daughter of a plumber, Drufenbrock grew up in Evansville, Indiana, during the Great Depression.
'It was wrong, she knew, for some to work and for others not to work,' according to a 1980 candidate profile. 'It was wrong for a few to control most of the money and make decisions that affected the majority of people. It was wrong for many to go without, while a few hoarded and wasted.'

Drufenbrock's presidential nominee was David McReynolds, a New Yorker who headed the War Resisters League.

Drufenbrock moved to Milwaukee in 1948 and joined the School Sisters of St. Francis, becoming a math teacher. She taught at Alverno College from 1961 to 1974. At Alverno, she met Frank Zeidler, Milwaukee's last Socialist mayor and the Socialist Party candidate in 1976...."

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