Lois Harper Eichacker
world there are givers and takers. Lois is definitely a giver,
gives everything she has to every effort that she becomes involved
James E. Smith, 1994
Harper Eichacker was born in 1932 and is a fifth generation Iowan
living in Fort Madison. She has spent her adult life advancing
the causes of the disadvantaged, especially children and the
working poor, by participating in the formation of public policies
that affect them. Beginning her career at Southeast Iowa Community
Action Organization in 1967, she served as executive director
from 1974 to 1989. In the past, Eichacker has been president
of the Region Seven Community Action Directors' Association,
on the Iowa Humanities Board, on the Long Term Task Force, and
Investing in People. Currently, she is a member of the Board
of Directors of the Iowa Department of Economic Development,
vice-chair 1991 to present; State Job Training Coordinating Council;
Commission of Community Action Agencies, chairperson 1992 to
present; Council on Human Investment; Iowa's Policymakers' Institute;
NAACP; PIC; AAUW, and the University of Iowa Black Alumni Association.
She has received many honors, including the Bob Tyson Outstanding
Partner in Community Action Award, and the naming of the CAP
Neighborhood Center in Fort Madison, the Eichacker Center. Eichacker
is the president-elect of the 46,000-member U of I Alumni Association.
She was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 1994.