Judy earned her B. S. and M. S. from Colorado State University in Fort Collins and embarked on a career with the National Park Service. Throughout her federal service as a park ranger, planner, and interpretive specialist, she worked in national parks from Arizona to Alaska. Some of her most rewarding assignments were in Canyon de Chelly
National Monument on the Navajo Reservation, Rocky Mountain National Park, and Gila Cliff Dwellings, New Mexico. International assignments led her to train rangers and develop exhibits in Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service in Australia and Burunge Wildlife Management Area in Tanzania, Africa. Her professional goals were to build stewardship in worldwide natural and cultural heritage resources. She received a “ranger spirit” award for her achievements in 2011.
Living life in the moment, and in gratitude, was her credo. She sought adventures in mountain climbing and backpacking in Africa, Nepal, New Zealand, Central America, and South America. The lights of Jude’s life were her two sons, Bridger and Hayden Baird.
Jude is survived by her sons, Bridger William and Hayden Jack Baird of Estes Park, CO; brothers Howe and Rick Gelb of Tucson, AZ; their wives Sophie and Tracey Gelb of Tucson, and brother-in-laws, Don Watson and Derek Bernstein in addition to her 10 amazing nieces and nephews, Sylve, Gustin, Vera, Indiosa Patsy Jean, Luca, Talula, Frankie, Gibran, Gabe, and Piper.
Judy joins her beloved family who preceded her in death, including her parents Jack Rosen and Claire Rosen Gelb, sisters Jamie, Amy, and Lisa Rosen, and her stepfather, Bill Gelb.
A memorial service in celebration of Jude’s life will be on Sunday, October 21 at 2:00 p.m. at Hyde Chapel, YMCA of the Rockies. A gathering of family and friends to follow at the YMCA, specific location to be determined. More information will be available at the memorial service.
Donations in her honor may be made to the Rocky Mountain Nature Association and the World Wildlife Fund.