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Jacqueline C. Kolb

Jacqueline C. Kolb was a loving mother with two sons and a linguist who learned French before English, then German and Russian. Literature was her great joy. "Jacques" Kolb was born in Bozeman, Montana on July 18, 1923 to Marguerite Cecile Boilet, who had grown up in Paris, France, and Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Charles Floyd Jump, an eye, ear, nose and throat specialist, and graduate of the University of Michigan medical school. The family moved to Helena, Montana in 1931.

Jacques loved her first year at Reed College in Portland, Oregon but left to study Russian for several years at the University of Michigan. Granted a scholarship, she transferred to Barnard, College in New York and graduated from Columbia University in 1945 with a B.A. degree in Russian.

In 1946, Jacques worked in Washington, D.C. for the Army Map Services, transliterating Russian maps into English. When the GI's returned home from World War II, her job was reassigned to a male soldier, so she became a clerk-typist at Seattle First National Bank's Real Estate and Loan Department.

Jacqueline C. Jump married Keith R. Kolb, June 18, 1947 at the Little Chapel in the Highlands, Seattle. While her husband was attending Harvard University Graduate School of Design, she worked at the Harvard Pediatrics Study for Dr. Brazelton and Nathan Grier Park, PhD and later for Harvard's Engineering Library.

She is survived by her sons, Brooks R. Kolb, landscape architect (born September 14, 1953) and Bliss R. Kolb, artistic creator of automota and wooden sculptures (born June 29, 1956); son-in-law Dennis Mullings; daughter-in-law Susanna Burney, and her husband Keith R. Kolb, FAIA, Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of Washington.

Having battled heart disease with enormous courage, Jacques died at her home in Laurelhurst, Seattle, WA at 6:25 PM on July 9, 2012.
Published in The Seattle Times from July 18 to July 22, 2012
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