about south river federation

South River Federation is saddened to report the loss of one of its greatest supporters, Gwenn Azama in late July. Born and raised in Hawaii, Gwenn grew up with an appreciation of the fragile ecology in which we live. When she and her husband Owen Cook moved to Annapolis in 1998, she became equally passionate about protecting the South River.


An extraordinarily creative soul, Gwenn graduated from Castle High School and left for New York to attend the Pratt Institute, School of Design to study fashion design. She later attended classes at UCLA, before receiving a B.S. in Fashion Design and Merchandising from the University of Hawaii and a M.S. in Technology Systems Management from the University of Southern California (USC). In March of 2004, Gwenn retired from Dell Inc. as a Global Account Executive for the Fortune 500 company. During her 25 year career within the computer industry, she held a variety of sales, marketing, and management roles that include Federal Government agencies located in Anne Arundel County. Gwenn also served as chairman of the Save Your Annapolis Neck Group and graduated from the Leadership Anne Arundel Flagship Program.


Gwenn served on the South River Federation board from 2006 to 2016, often as an officer, and was always willing to help out, whether at a planting, the annual auction or even on mundane tasks like stuffing envelopes. Gwenn, with her husband Owen, built the backbone of the Federation’s information technology system, allowing us to support our programs and communicate with our supporters.  Her warmth and kindness were part of everything Gwenn touched and accomplished. She will be sorely missed at South River Federation but leaves a remarkable legacy of passion and support. 


A Memorial Gathering will be held Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 1 pm to 3 pm at Hardesty Funeral Home (12 Ridgely Ave. Annapolis, MD 21401). The family has asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to South River Federation.





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