Back when young men were urged to “go west,” Jean’s grandfather moved from Dubuque, Iowa, to Washington, D.C., to finish his schooling. He stayed to raise his family and watch his grandchildren grow up.
The sleepy capital city in which she was born underwent great change during her teens and early adulthood. Southern Senators were resisting integration of her schools by cutting funding. Civil rights and America’s entry into the Viet Nam war were every day discussions. Jean is grateful that she was there when John and Robert Kennedy were in the White House and Justice Department inspiring citizens to contribute to the public good. She will never forget walking for miles to attend Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech.