Judith Kay Lotridge


CARROLLTON, Texas -- Judith (Judy) Kay Lotridge, nee' Graham, of Carrollton, died on July 19, 2019, at Baylor Hospital following cardiac arrest.
She was born in Anderson, Indiana, on Sept. 20, 1946, to Henry and Margery (Cerden) Graham, and was the oldest of Margery's four children. Judy graduated from Somerville High School in Somerville, New Jersey, in 1963. She received a BA from Arcadia University in 1967, and a PHD in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1974. She moved to Dallas to teach at SMU and went native. She settled in Texas, left academia, and became one of the first IT professionals, beginning her career at Texas Instruments, and culminating role as vice president at MBNA.
Judy was a lifelong bridge player, a passion that led her to become an ACBL Lifemaster in 1974, and achieved the rank of Sapphire Lifemaster before her death. Active on the Dallas bridge circuit, she met Brady Lotridge playing cards. They were married from 1977 to 1982 and had two daughters. She passed on her ardent feminist streak on to both of them. Judy served a term on the Dallas ACBL board starting in 2012.
Judy was preceded in death by her father, Henry Graham, in 1952, her brother Keith Graham in 2002, and her parents Margery and Vernon Swanson in 2016 and 2017.
She is survived by her daughters, Victoria Martin (husband Ciaran) of Shipton-under-Wychwood, England, and Bonnie Potraza (husband Joe) of Farmers Branch, Texas; grandchildren Aisling and Cillian Martin, and Thomas and Miles Potraza, sister Debbie Humbert (husband Steve), and brother Steve Swanson (wife Missy).
In line with Judy's wishes, her body was donated to a local teaching hospital, to further medical research.
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Published on August 9, 2019
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