Jean Groschupf FROST (11/22/1927 - 05/01/2013)

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FROST, Jean Groschupf (Nov. 22, 1927-May 1, 2013) Jean Frost was born November 22, 1927 in Spokane, to the Rev. John M. and Mrs. Dorothea Groschupf. Her childhood years were spent in a Lutheran parsonage and local public schools. She graduated from Lewis and Clark in 1945, graduated from Mills College, California in 1949. and subsequently received a masters degree from Syracuse University, N.Y. While there she met Richard T. Frost, Worcester. Massachusetts, a political science doctoral candidate. They were married in Spokane, June 1953. Two years in the Air Force were spent in Jeu les Bois, France, where their son Daniel was born. At the end of his service, the family returned to Syracuse, where daughter Barbara Jean arrived. Shortly thereafter Richard joined the teaching staff of the Woodrow Wilson School of Political Science at Princeton University, where a second son Peter was born. In 1961 Dr. Frost was appointed Vice President of Reed College and Professor of Political Science. During these years Jean's last child Sarah was born. An active PTA parent and coach, Jean was a good golfer and enthusiastic sports person, encouraging her children in such activities. These stood them in good stead when Dr. Frost was given a temporary leave from Reed college to be the first director of the Upward Bound Program, proposed during the Kennedy years and implemented during the Johnson administration. The Frost home during the Chevy Chase stay was near the Shriver home. Following his sudden death at 45, Richard Frost's family returned to Portland, and Jean Frost went to school to obtain her Oregon teacher's license. Thus began an 25 year career with the Cleveland High School as a teacher, counselor and college advisor par excellence. Her retirement years were filled with a continuation of activities in environmental protection and with the Oregon State Water Resources Committee, restricting commercial development on river water sources, and also restricting the development of Oregon beaches so they remained open to the public. She was deeply involved with the education and support of her four children, and with the devotion to her eight grandchildren. Recently she welcomed the arrival of two great-grandchildren. An avid traveler she anticipated family excursions to New Zealand, Belize, Costa Rica, and whenever possible to France and Europe. Her retirement years have been shared with her good friend and partner in adventure, Anne Squier (also a Reed faculty widow) on their houseboat on Multnomah Channel near Sauvie Island. She will be mourned by her bridge playing partners, the residents of Our House where she volunteered helping AID's victims, and by her many friends everywhere. She will be missed by all for her wondrous good humor, her insightful political barbs, her abundant gardening results, but most of all for her constancy and integrity in friendships. Survivors include her sister and brother-in-law, Drs. Arthur and Joan Craig of Spokane. Memorial services will occur the first weekend in June in Portland. Those wishing to contribute in her honor are asked to remember the Richard Frost Scholarship at Reed College, the Westwind Scholarship Group (Box 408, Otis, Oregon 97368) or the Jean Frost Scholarship at Cleveland High School, Portland,Oregon.

Published in Spokesman-Review on May 12, 2013
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