JEAN CONGDON ADAMSJean Congdon Adams, 87, died of heart failure on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013
Jean Congdon Adams, 87, died of heart failure on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, in Norwalk, Conn.
Jean was born in Minneapolis, on April 7, 1926, to Robert and Dorothy Moore Congdon.
They moved to Duluth in 1928, where Jean attended Miss Wilson's School, Congdon Park School, the Lab School, and St Scholastica. She attended Dana Hall in Wellesley, Mass., for three years, graduating in 1944. She graduated from Smith College in Northampton, Mass., in 1948, with a B.S. in Geology.
In 1948, she married Salisbury Adams, also from Duluth, and they lived in the Boston area until 1952, when they moved to Wayzata, Minn. Two sons, Salisbury and David, were born in Boston, and two daughters, Jennifer and Dorothy, were born in Wayzata. In the 31 years they spent in Minnesota, Jean was active in the Junior League, the League of Women Voters, and the Council on Foundations. She headed the Smith Club of Minneapolis and served on the Board of Dana Hall. She also worked on the campaigns of her husband Salisbury, who served seven terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives. In 1983, Jean and Sals moved to Jackson, Wyo., where she helped start the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole in 1989 and the Center for the Arts in 1991. Sals passed away in 2004.
She is survived by her sisters Barbara Van Dusen of Birmingham, Mich., and Elisabeth Mason of Duluth; by children Salisbury Adams (Boucie) of Chevy Chase, Maryland, David Adams (Courtenay) of Jackson, Wyo., Jennifer Knebel (Craig) of Darien, Conn., and Dorothy Adams (Joop De Groot) of Redding, Conn.; and 11 grandchildren.
PRIVATE SERVICES: will be held in Duluth on Nov. 16 and a public celebration of her life in Jackson in December.
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