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Gloria Ann Rudolph transitioned to her heavenly home on November 28, 2023. She was 66 years old. She was born April 13, 1957 in Evergreen, Alabama. She was raised by her loving mother, Ms. Qussie Perry, in the city of Perth Amboy, New Jersey. She left home at the age of 18 for college to attend Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia. She served almost 30 years in the military and was promoted to the rank of Colonel.
Colonel Gloria Rudolph entered the Army in November 1979 as a ROTC graduate of Virginia State University (VSU) in Petersburg, Virginia, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Education, was a member of the Omega Pi Honor Society, and graduated with cum laude honors. She served in various positions of responsibility which spanned from an Executive Officer as a Lieutenant at Fort Lee, Virginia to a Director as a Colonel in Seoul, Korea within the 8thArmy. She graduated from the Quartermaster Basic and Advanced Courses at Fort Lee, Virginia and became a member of the Civil Affairs Corps in July 1996. While serving as a Company Commander within the 561st Supply and Service Battalion with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), she completed Air Assault School in 1986.
Colonel Rudolph completed 20 years on active duty and over 9 years in the Army Reserves. She was granted a license to teach school in the state of Virginia before entering the service in 1979. In 1991, while on active duty in Germany, she completed her Master’s degree in International Relations from Troy University’s International Division. She taught school for seven years in Norfolk, Virginia from 1992 to 1999 while also serving in the Army Reserves.
Colonel Rudolph traveled the world visiting six of our seven continents, Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia/Oceania, South America, and North America, which included Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico.She was stationed overseas with various assignments in Korea, Germany, Honduras, and Bosnia. Her U.S. assignments were at Fort Lee, Virginia; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Fort Eustis, Virginia; and the Corps of Engineer HQs, Washington, DC.
Gloria received her real estate license from the state of Maryland in August 2003. She worked as a Referral Agent with Weichert Referral Associates in Morris Plains, New Jersey. She also served as a Reservist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and as a part time substitute with the Capital School District in Dover, Delaware. She was an advocate for mentor programs and had been a mentor to girls for over 25 years. She mentored with Big Brothers/Sisters (various locations), Big Pal/Little Pal (Germany) and Children of Promise (Atlanta). She was also a Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., under the Wilmington (DE) Alumnae Chapter.
Gloria attended church faithfully in her youth. She accepted Christ into her life shortly after graduating from Virginia State College. She viewed her salvation and her relationship with Christ as her highest achievement in life.
Gloria was concerned about social justice. She decided to go back to school in 2012 get her second Master’s degree in Public Administration from Troy University’s in Atlanta, Georgia. She believed that African Americans should be informed about their history and about social policies that affected them. She became a major source for people who needed information about their personal situation. She wrote many letters and made phone calls for those who needed her help.
Gloria was honored and inducted into the Hall Of Fame of Virginia State University in 2018, for all her accomplishments in the military, from ROTC to the rank of Colonel. Her name and face will forever remain on the wall at the campus of Virginia State University, where she earned her degree and graduated with high honors. In addition to this honor, Gloria has received numerous awards, and recognition from the military and the community; such as the Legion of Merit, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Outstanding Young Women of America Award, to name a few. However, she never wanted to be famous or recognized, and remained humbled with gratitude and heartfelt appreciation despite her achievements.
Gloria preferred operating from the background. She thought it was her duty to help family members in every way that she could, particularly in the areas of finances, paralegal services, research and mentorship.
Gloria believed in helping the weak, the powerless and those forgotten by others. She befriended senior citizens wherever she went throughout the world. She loved writing personal letters, special notes and sending cards to those who may have needed a boost in some area of their life. She spent thousands on cards, small gifts and gestures throughout her life. That is what made her happy.
Gloria never lived lavishly, never drove the best car and never wore or concerned herself with “name brand” clothes. None of those things meant anything to her. She loved the small things in life, visiting, phone calls, making a special memento for a friend and traveling. She did not see people often because she never really liked being a bother to people, but once she met you and communed with her, you were a friend for life; never to be forgotten.
Gloria has forever touched the lives of those whom she encountered with her warm and quiet spirit, unwavering and unconditional love, her attention to detail, mentorship, and untiring advocate to those who needed her assistance, and a prayer warrior who prayed for those who struggled with addition.
Gloria wanted people to know that she wasn’t about nonsense. She had no tolerance for drugs, alcohol or smoking. But, after years of prayer, she developed a heart for people who were struggling with these personal addictions and she started actively praying for those who were struggling. She thought that to be fair because everyone struggled with something. She loved God; she tried her best to love HIS people.
Gloria was predeceased by her brother, William Charles Watson, Sr. She leaves to cherish many wonderful memories to her mother, Ms. Qussie Perry of Townsend, Delaware; two brothers, Terry (Juanita) Rudolph of Willingboro, New Jersey; Ervin (Jeanette) Perry, Jr. of Perth Amboy, New Jersey; two sisters, Dorothy Mae (Dan) Perry-Dorsey of Indianapolis, Indiana; Jacqueline Perry of Townsend, Delaware; wonderful nieces, nephews, and cousins; a Goddaughter, Keisha Faulkner Jenkins of Mooretown, New Jersey; and a host of loving friends and extended family who helped to shape her life and career.