February 2, 1961 – August 11, 2018
Amy Pudvin Erwin, 57, was a force of nature (not entirely hyperbole). Passionate and opinionated, she was a business leader, athlete, community advocate, builder, artist, and preservationist. Most importantly to her, she was a mother, wife, sister, daughter, and friend.
An Atlanta native, Amy attended Henderson High School and then Vanderbilt University, where she earned a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) in Civil Engineering in 1983 and was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. Upon graduation, Amy became a business leader who successfully navigated the turmoil that was the telecommunications industry over the last 25 years. She worked for AT&T in several different positions where she met her first husband Daniel Erwin before moving to Vertek Corporation as a Sales Director and then ultimately to Cox Communications. She was unfazed by her diagnosis of multiple myeloma in 2008 and continued working as Vice President of Carrier and National Accounts ultimately retiring from Cox Communications in 2011.
Amy and Dan had an adventurous life – parachuting together on their first date. The couple biked across Italy and traveled through Ireland and Ecuador. They biked competitively and frequently went rock-climbing and canoeing together. In 1993, their son Max Daniel Erwin was born. Shortly after the birth of Max, Amy met another young mother, Mary Albers, who also had a son named Max. Amy and Mary became fast friends and before long Amy and Dan became close friends with Mary and her husband, Elliott. The two families vacationed together and had family dinners together nearly every Friday night. Unfortunately, Mary succumbed to breast cancer in 2004, but after Mary’s death, Amy, Dan, Elliott and the Maxes continued their close relationship until Dan’s untimely death in a motorcycle accident in Yellowstone National Park in 2008.
Over the next several years the families remained close and Amy and Elliott added romance to their friendship and were eventually married in 2011. Amy and Elliott enjoyed traveling and spending time at their beach home in Watercolor, Florida. Amy also traveled with her many close friends including a hike in and out of the Grand Canyon with her longtime Vanderbilt chums. In addition to helping the Maxes through high school and college, Amy dedicated a great deal of her time to her community. She was active with the Olmsted Linear Park Alliance, where she worked hard to save protected land and historic sites. She was also very active with the Candler Park Conservancy, engaging in a wide range of activities such as soliciting funds to purchase chairs for Candler Park Pool, and planting flowers to beautify the park.
Her passion for saving things of beauty was endless. She loved trees and anyone in the area trying to remove a tree without proper permits found Amy’s ire. She also worked hard to save the Pinebloom Mansion built in 1914 on South Ponce de Leon. Her efforts, along with those of others, were instrumental in getting Pinebloom placed on the Places of Peril list of the The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. Her concern, compassion and activism also extended to the field of politics. She was a woman saddened and outraged by the political immorality, corruption, and hypocrisy that has arisen in our country since 2016.
Amy’s strength, grit, intelligence, wit, beauty and compassion will be greatly missed by so many. She leaves behind countless friends, her son Max Erwin, stepson Maxwell Albers, husband Dr. Elliott Albers, step-mother Margaret Pudvin, sister Nancy Gore (husband Mike), brother Jay Pudvin, and nieces Gracie and Olivia Pudvin (all from the Atlanta area). She will also be missed by her loving pup Ruggles. On August 25th, the family will be receiving friends at noon with a service following at 1 p.m. at H.M. Patterson and Son Funeral Home, 1020 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30309. In lieu of flowers please donate to Winship Cancer Institute to support the research of Dr. Sagar Lonial, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University,1440 Clifton Road NE, Suite 170, Atlanta, GA 30322-4207 or to The Conservation Fund, 1655 N. Fort Myer Dr, Suite 1300, Arlington, VA 22209.
- Receiving of Friends Saturday, August 25, 2018
- Memorial Service Saturday, August 25, 2018
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September 12, 2018
I cared for Mrs. Erwin when she came to Emory to see Dr.Lonial. No matter how she felt she still gave me a smile and her eyes were beautiful and bright. I will never forget those great memories of her. She was such a breath of fresh air; I'm going to miss her dearly.
August 17, 2018
I first met Amy more than 20 years ago when she was my boss, first, at AT&T and years later, at Cox. She has been such a treasured friend and mentor over the years - so kind, smart and funny. She was always so supportive and helpful. My heart is breaking and my world is a sadder place now without her in it.
August 15, 2018
Amy Erwin was a true friend of Candler Park and my neighbor. As anyone in the Candler Park Conservancy can tell you, even when she was enduring experimental treatments for late stage cancer, she still organized plantings to beautify the entrances of Candler Park and the pool areas. Beauty in small spaces mattered to her. She managed to get a crew of volunteers who had other things they'd rather be doing on a Saturday besides weeding or planting but she just had a way with people. She also was a long-time advocate for saving the historic Pinebloom area on the border of Clifton Terrace. Her command of historic precedents and research on the topic was unparalleled. It was all based on passion.
Considering her dedication to the neighborhood, the Candler Park Neighborhood Organization has decided to award Amy Erwin our first ever Serviceberry Award. There is a special native fruit-bearing tree known as the Serviceberry tree. It has many wonderful features: it feeds wildlife, the berries are a delicious blend of blueberry with a hint of almond and cherry notes, and they are as tough as nails. Locally, when Mary Lin Elementary was renovated back in 2016, the landscape designer put a whole bank of 17 serviceberry trees on Candler Park Drive. I watched the contractors just cram those poor trees into the Georgia clay soil, by the carpool lane, and just called it a day. They didn't even water them their first summer! Those trees are survivors. When they flower in the spring, it's a sight to behold. When they bear fruit....they go unnoticed to all but those who are paying attention. Amy had many of the same qualities as these native trees. Take a look at the trees next time you stroll down Candler Park Drive. Think of Amy.
August 14, 2018
Her natural beauty escaped no one’s eye but that was just the surface. Amy was a rare bundle of intellect, caring, energy and inspiration. She was the kind of person you just wanted to be around. I had the privilege of knowing Amy for nearly 40 years. She was a brilliant student, a savvy career woman, a dedicated mother, an enthusiastic outdoor adventurer, a caring philanthropist and a loving friend. Her influence and memory will live on in those of us who were lucky enough to be touched by Amy.
August 14, 2018
I "knew" Amy long before I met her-my mother, Pattye Vaughn, was the crossing guard at Evansdale and often spoke of "Beautiful Amy" and how very sweet she was. When we met at Henderson, I found that my mother was right-and Amy proved to be just as beautiful on the inside. My heart aches for her family.
August 14, 2018
Amy and I met Freshman year at Vanderbilt. I actually remember the first time I met beautiful, confident, friendly Amy. She has since been a close lifelong friend who will be dearly missed. Amy was a standout in so many ways—her intelligence, beauty, and devotion to Max and her family to name a few. She always showed a genuine interest in others. She was a successful executive in the telecom industry, a marathon runner and a century+ cyclist who put together teams and raised money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Her exceptional strength and determination were always evident but were especially revealed during her battle against multiple myeloma. My heart goes out to Max, Elliott, Maxwell, and Amy’s dear family and close friends who are all grieving her passing. My life is richer for having known her.
August 14, 2018
I worked with Amy at AT&T and she was always so kind and so wise. She kept me sane through some difficult times and I will always remember her patient and caring support. She will be missed.
August 14, 2018
I went to Elementary School & High School with Amy. She will be remembered as one of the most genuinely good people that I have ever known.
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