Helen Dempwolf Goodhue



Palm Beach, Fla. and Northeast Harbor

June 28, 1928 – January 6, 2021

Helen Dempwolf Goodhue of Palm Beach, Fla., and Northeast Harbor died in her home in Palm Beach, Fla., on Jan. 6, 2021.

She was born June 28, 1928, and was the daughter of the late Frederick and Mary Stair Dempwolf of York, Pa., and Northeast Harbor. She graduated from Chatham Hall ’46 and Bryn Mawr College ’50.

Helen was married February in 1951 in York to Michael E. Pulitzer, son of Joseph and Elizabeth Pulitzer II of St. Louis, Mo., and Bar Harbor. They had four children and lived in Cambridge, Beverly Farms, Mass., Louisville, Ky., St. Louis, Mo., and Bar Harbor.

In 1974, she married Albert Goodhue Jr. and enjoyed living in Marblehead, Mass., and cruising in the summers on his yacht, Quadrille. When Albie retired in 1980, they spent their winters in Palm Beach.

After Albie died in 1992, Helen moved to her home in Palm Beach and summered In Northeast Harbor. In 2010, Helen moved to Noreen Mckeen Towers in West Palm Beach.

Having majored in the history of art at college, she continued her interest in museums — The Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge, the Louisville Art Center, the Ladies Committee of the St. Louis Art Museum and the Ladies Committee of the Essex Institute in Salem, Mass., where she organized their museum shop.

She was an avid volunteer for many charities including local Bryn Mawr’s Cambridge Book Store and co-chaired their Musee de Noel in St. Louis for four years. In 1990 in Palm Beach, she and her committee published and sold the second Garden Club of Palm Beach Cookbook. She especially enjoyed gardening and was president of the Garden Club of Palm Beach from 1997-99. She also served as president of the Palm Beach Chapter of the Colonial Dames of America from 1990-92.

Her hobbies besides volunteering and gardening were enjoying and entertaining her children and friends, cooking, traveling, designing and stitching needlepoint, making copies of antique furniture for her miniature rooms and playing bridge.

She was a member of the Bath and Tennis Club in Palm Beach, the Garden Club of Palm Beach, the Colonial Dames of America, the National Society of the Colonial Dames and the Northeast Harbor Tennis Club.

She is survived by her four children, Michael E. Pulitzer Jr. (Ramelle Cochrane) of Stockbridge, Mass., Elizabeth Pulitzer Voges (Shelton Voges) of Billings, N.Y., Frederick D. Pulitzer (Adele Millar) of New Castle, N.H., and Robert S. Pulitzer (Charlotte Rogers) of Houston, Texas, seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, a stepdaughter, Tempe Goodhue (Tom Montanari) of Lexington, Mass., and four step-grandsons. She was predeceased by her sister, Mary Stair Crane, and her stepson, Albert Goodhue III.

Memorial services will be held at Bethesda by the Sea in Palm Beach and in Northeast Harbor at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Garden Club of Palm Beach, P.O. Box 2791, Palm Beach, FL 33480 or to Friends of Acadia, P.O. Box 45, Bar Harbor, ME 04609.

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