Anne Nicol Gaylor, who co-founded the Freedom From Religion Foundation and built it into a national voice for atheists and agnostics, died Sunday at the age of 88 of complications from a fall late last month, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes. Ms. Gaylor launched the Madison, Wisc.-based advocacy group in 1976 with her daughter, Annie Laurie Gaylor, and served as its president from 1978 to 2004.
The foundation gained national prominence with a string of lawsuits aimed to removing religious representations and faith-based programs from government facilities and public schools. Anne Nicol Gaylor was also an active feminist and campaigner for abortion rights and founded the Women's Medical Fund, a pro-choice charity serving poor women.
Read a Chronicle of Philanthropy article about the growth of the Freedom From Religion Foundation.