April 21, 2023
Damian Jon Geminder
FFL Director of Public Education and Editor
May 3, 1989 – April 20, 2023
On March 1, the first day of Women’s History Month, Damian Geminder, a 33-year-old healthy young man—a nonsmoker with no history of cardiac issues—suffered a massive heart attack.
For seven weeks and two days, we hoped and prayed for his recovery and for his parents, Rev. Randolph Jon Geminder and mother, Donna. After three hospitals did all they could, in the presence of his loving parents, they said goodbye to their only son. And now we, his FFL family, do as well.
Brilliant, hilarious, and kind, he was raised in a home first owned by a suffragist. He was introduced as a teen to Feminists for Life by his big sister, Jessica, who shared copies of our magazine. Since college, he was dedicated to serving those at greatest risk of abortion, first as one of our interns, then as a volunteer. After achieving his master’s in journalism, Damian became our editor on February 15, 2016, Susan B. Anthony’s birthday.
For the last decade, he devoted his life to making the lives of women and children better. Damian would tell you if he could that shepherding 300 articles on our WomenDeserveBetter.com helpsite was one of his biggest accomplishments.
On behalf of the Board and staff, with heartfelt condolences, we dedicate the upcoming issue titled “Legacy” of The American Feminist, to his memory.
Serrin M. Foster
The Rev. Randolph and Donna Geminder’s story about Damian from Sheer Joy “Uncharted Joy” can be found here.
Read Damian’s sister’s memories of him here.