JEAN ELIZABETH PHILLIPS, of Green Valley, passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at the age of 83 after a brief battle with cancer.
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Jean was born on Aug. 1, 1927, in Gloucester, Mass. She attended Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., graduating in 1949. She continued her graduate education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, earning a MA in history in 1951.
Jean served for four years in the U.S. Air Force, spending part of that time in northern Japan. In 1955, she returned to civilian life and enrolled at Syracuse University where she completed the Student Dean Program in 1958. The following year she began her professional career at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn.
"Dean Jean," as she was affectionately known to many, was employed by Carleton College from 1959 to 1990, serving as the Director of the Testing Services and Sophomore Counselor (1959-60), Assistant Dean of Women (1960-65), Dean of Women (1965-70), Dean of Students (1970-1977), Director of Counseling Programs (1977-78), and Associate Dean of Students, Educational Counseling (1978-1990).
Jean retired in 1990 and since 2002 has lived full-time in Green Valley, where she enjoyed swimming, gardening, sculpting, and singing with the La Posada Singers. She was also active in the Military Officer's Assoc. of American (MOAA), the local Democratic Club, and the League of Women Voters.
Jean is survived by many friends including her friend of 52 years, Dr. Helen Berwald of Green Valley, and several nieces and nephews around the United States.
Jean's wise counsel, compassion, and sense of humor will be greatly missed by many. A memorial service will be held in the Carleton College Skinner Memorial Chapel on June 17, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Jean Phillips Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Carleton College, One North College Street, Northfield, MN 55057.
Friends in Arizona are invited to a memorial gathering on June 9, 2011, at 4:30 p.m. in the El Dorado Room of La Perla, on the La Posada campus in Green Valley.
Published in Green Valley News & Sun on May 28, 2011