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1944 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
MONGAN, Jean Holmes Passed away surrounded by loved ones at Massachusetts General Hospital on April 25, just over a year after being diagnosed with cancer. Jean was born in 1944 at Ft. Jackson, SC, to Major Marvin C. Holmes, and Dorothy C. Holmes and raised in Kansas City. She graduated from Shawnee Mission East High School and attended the University of Kansas. Jean moved to Washington D.C. in 1966 and shortly after began working for Larry Winn, (R-KS). She met Dr. James J. Mongan, MD, USPHS, who worked for the Senate Finance Committee. They married on April 22, 1972 and remained devoted to each other and their family until his death in 2011. After Jim's service in the Carter Administration, the family moved to Kansas City, where Jim ran Truman Medical Center, and served as the Dean of the Medical School at UMKC. Jean worked at Sebree Galleries and Crestwood Galleries. Together, they raised two children, John and Sarah. In 1996 they moved to Boston where Jim became president of MGH and later Partners HealthCare, and played leading roles in both Massachusetts and national health reform policy. Jean was a loving wife, extraordinary mother, world traveler and devoted volunteer. She was an active member of the Ladies Visiting Committee at MGH, and "found solace" working in the MGH Flower Shop and Gift Shop. She also served as president of the Chestnut Hill Garden Club. Most recently, Jean had joined the Board of Trustees of the Diastole Scholars' Center, a non-profit center for the arts and scholarship at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Every person and organization she touched benefitted from her humor, charm, grace and impeccable sense of style. Jean is survived by her daughter Sarah Mongan and husband Jeff Nadeau, of Middletown, RI, her son John Mongan and wife Theresa, and grandchildren James and Thomas Mongan, of Washington, DC, and her sister Ann Holmes, of Prairie Village, KS. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jean's name to the Diastole Scholars' Center, , or to the Friends of the Mass. General Cancer Center, Massachusetts General Hospital c/o Development Office, 100 Cambridge St. Suite 1310, Boston, MA 02114.
Published in The Boston Globe on May 1, 2015
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