We were so very proud and privileged to have Jean join us for our 90th anniversary celebration of the Miss America pageant in January and will cherish those moments that we had to spend with her. From her participation in the events to her love and support of the program, Jean will always have a very special place in our hearts and this organization that she loved and served so well.
In 1943 Jean took the commitment of a "War-Time" Miss America to heart, she embarked on a Bond-selling tour that would result in her being honored by the United States Treasury Department as the individual who had sold the most Series E Bonds that year. Jean was instrumental in posing the idea that Miss America should be awarded a college scholarship which has remained the hallmark of the Miss America Organization.
Over the years, Jean has continued to be a great supporter of The Miss America Organization. She was a remarkable Miss America and a dedicated individual - committed to our Organization and has forever touched our hearts. We offer our condolences and prayers to Jean’s family, her friends and especially to her Miss America sisters who she treasured so dearly.