GOP grand dame Eileen Slocum dies10:24 AM Mon, Jul 28, 2008 | Permalink
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Eileen Slocum, 30-year advocate and political fundraiser, died yesterday at Newport Hospital, according to her son. She was 92.
Slocum, who hosted fundraisers in her Bellevue Avenue mansion and opened her gardens -- designed by Frederick Law Olmstead -- to the public, was a doyenne of both Newport social life and the National Republican Party.
"I think she was a great supporter of Rhode Island," her son, Jerry Slocum said. "And a great promoter of Rhode Island."
Slocum has worked for the GOP on many different levels, from presiding over the Newport Women's Republican Club to being the the party's national committeewoman until her resignation earlier this summer.
She regularly attended the Republican National Convention.
And even in her 93rd year, he said, "she had been planning earlier this year ... looking forward to going to Minnesota."
-- projo.com staff writer Brandie M. Jefferson