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By Tammye McDuff
Dr. Mary Stauffer’s name is synonymous with ‘All good things come from Downey’ and Tuesday evening, May 23rd, the Downey City Council recognized her for a life well lived.
“It is only fitting that we pay tribute to an iconic leader here in the City,” said Mayor Fernando Vasquez, “I have known her for about 15 years, and folks say that she is solely responsible for at least half the Downey population, as an OBGYN, she has delivered many of you.”
Stauffer has impacted the City of Downey, like no other resident. Her legacy has been cemented in Downey for generations to come from assisting in births and delivery’s, to providing over 5 million dollars through her foundation for scholarships to the community.
Stauffer was instrumental in the Character Counts campaign, which is why Downey can boast of a 96% graduation rate, one of the highest in the United States. “It doesn’t matter where you come from or what adversity you may have to face in life, your character can lead you to great things,” said Vasquez, “Be steady and career focused and Dr. Stauffer has lead the way in this thinking.”
To a rousing standing ovation Stauffer addressed the Council, “I certainly want to thank all of you for this honor and for giving me the opportunity to achieve those things I have been able to do, my hat is off to all of you.”
Vasquez added, that you can often see Stauffer driving around town and she takes an art class at Downey Adult School, “I need to continue to be active and learning,” Stauffer added. At almost 100 years of age, Stauffer said she hope to do more and she is always welcomed to new ideas.