Porter: Two Fan Obituaries

By Andrew Porter: Judy Gerjuoy, 54, who organized the first Darkover Grand Council and has organized it every year since, died suddenly on March 1 at home in Finland, where she lived with her husband, Tero Heikkinen. He wrote on Facebook: “…I found her lying in her bed with her eyes closed and a smile of radiant peace on her face.”

Darkover is a convention which focuses on Marion Zimmer Bradley’s writing — the 36th annual convention will be held next November 29 – December 1, in Timonium, Maryland.

Gerjuoy used the name Jaelle of Armida in the Society for Creative Anachronism [SCA]. She compiled “Medieval Cookbooks – An annotated Bibliography”.


Costumer Patti [Mercier] Paczolt, 61, died on February 17 after a long illness; she is survived by her husband George and her mother. Her most recent convention was Costume-Con 28, in 2010. She won numerous awards at Worldcon Masquerades over the years.