FTS' Janice Mendenhall dies

FTS' Janice Mendenhall dies

Janice Mendenhall

By Kevin McCaney

GCN Staff

JULY 24—Janice Mendenhall, assistant regional administrator for the Federal Technology Service in Atlanta and a longtime leader within the federal information technology community, died yesterday in Atlanta.

Mendenhall had worked 32 years in government, the last 24 with the General Services Administration. She had been in her current post since 1983 and was a member of the executive board of the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils, among many other professional associations.

'She was a wonderful spirit,' said Alan Balutis, FGIPC's executive director and chief operating officer.

'She was a real force in terms of advocating the 70 percent to 80 percent of federal employees who work outside of Washington,' as well as championing women and minorities, he said. Mendenhall did a lot of work for the community, 'often outside the limelight,' Balutis said. 'She did a lot of work behind the scenes' without regard to who got credit.

Mendenhall nevertheless received many honors during her career, among them the GSA Meritorious Service Award in 1990, an agency honoree award from Government Computer News in 1991, the agency's Distinguished Service Award in 1994, and the Presidential Meritorious Service Rank Award in 1999.

She is survived by two children, Anna and Daniel Regenstein, along with a mother, sister and brother.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Patterson Arlington Chapel at 173 Allen Rd. in Atlanta, with burial at the Arlington Memorial Park. The family will receive friends this evening, tomorrow and following the service at 4290 Raintree Lane N.W.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Lovett School at 4075 Paces Ferry Road N.W., Atlanta. For persons attending the funeral from out of town, a block of rooms has been reserved at the government rate at the Renaissance Atlanta Hotel, 404-881-6000.

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