By Emily Sweeney
Passionate. Caring. A strong advocate.
Those are the words that educators and labor officials used to describe Kathleen Kelley, the longtime teachers union leader who died Sunday at the age of 72.
Ms. Kelley made history in 1979 when she became the first woman to be elected president of the Boston Teachers Union. She later worked for the Massachusetts Federation of Teachers (now the American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts) and served as president from 1993 until her retirement in 2006.
“By all accounts she was an incredible leader,” said Boston Teachers Union president Jessica Tang. “Her passion for students was very clear.”
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