MANCHESTER - Joseph Jean, who was born May 27, 1928, in Manchester, where he lived for a great deal of his life, passed away on May 7, 2014, at Ridgewood Center in Bedford.His father was Ernest Jean and his mother was Alexina (Michaud) Jean.He was predeceased by his father in June 1999, his mother in December 1976 and a brother, Robert E. Jean, his only sibling, in March 1972.Mr. Jean attended the St. Peter Kindergarten, St. John the Baptist grammar school, Manchester High School West and St. Anselm College, where he graduated summa cum laude as a member of the Class of 1953.He did advanced studies and graduate studies at Northeastern University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California Los Angeles, the U.S. Armed Forces Institute and the City College of Santa Monica, Calif. He was a participant in, and teacher of, several corporate courses and seminars in engineering, economics and finance. He was a senior member of the technical staff at the RAND Corporation of Santa Monica, Calif., the MITRE Corporation of Bedford, Mass., several locations of the General Electric Corporation and several locations for GTE (now General Dynamics Corporation and Verizon Corporation).He was a member of AARP, the Association of Computer Manufacturers, CMC Prime Time, the Franco-American Centre, the Sweeney Post of the American Legion and the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honor Society Tau Chapter while he was at St. Anselm College. He was a member of the Chancellor's Cabinet, the President's Society and the Founder's Society in the St. Anselm College Alumni Association. In addition, he was a member of the Endowment Society, the Golden Anselmian Society and established the Father Arthur Oleary Endowment Fund.During the Korean War, he was a member of the Presidential Honor Guard of the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Regiment stationed in Washington, D.C. He was a communicant of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic parish in Manchester.Joseph will be remembered as a kind and generous man, well-known for his philanthropy. He leaves behind many cousins and longtime good friends who will love and miss him always. The family would like to express their gratitude and thanks to the staff and nurses at Ridgewood Nursing Home for the excellent care and love that was shown to Joseph..
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SERVICES: On Monday, May 19, visitation will be available at St. Anselm Abbey, 100 St. Anselm Drive, Manchester, from 9:30 to 10 a.m., with a funeral Mass starting at 10 a.m. Luncheon will immediately follow at Davison Hall.Interment will be at New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, at 2 p.m. with military honors.In lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations be made to the Joseph Jean Scholarship at St. Anselm College.To share a memory or offer a condolence, visit www.phaneuf.net.
Published in Union Leader on May 14, 2014