Jean F. Perkins – 2/11/31 to 12/8/13
Though born in Boston, she was a true daughter of Worcester. She was a graduate of North High School, Clark University and the Gerontology Institute at UMass Boston. Her professional careers included long-time second-in-command at Goddard Library, Clark University and political campaign consultant for local, state and federal candidates. All those experiences informed her enduring concerns for social justice and economic equality. She was an active, card-carrying, unabashed Democrat for her entire life.
Over the years her leadership abilities were revealed in the positions she held in many organizations – President of the Midland Street School Parents Organization, the Board of Hampshire Country School, and the Board of Elm Park Center for Early Childhood Development, Secretary of the Board of the Winchendon School, and Moderator of the First Baptist Church. She was the University liaison to The Friends of the Goddard Library for more than 10 years.
Her social activism found voice in organizations such as Rachel’s Table, Daybreak, Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC), Jericho Road, many boards and committees at First Baptist Church, the Democratic City Committee, and – more personally – the Packachoag Church AIDS Support Group. Her son, Earle, succumbed to AIDS in 1994.
She leaves her daughters Joan and BJ, grandsons Eric, Nathan and Ben, granddaughters Rachel and Rebecca, great-grandson Eli, and Theo, an extremely spoiled orange tabby cat.
The family would like to express its gratitude to the staff of the 7trh floor Pulmonary ICU at UMass Medical Center for their extraordinary professionalism and kindnesses to Jean and her family for her entire stay there, especially as it became clear she would not recover.
A memorial and celebration of her life will take place on Friday, December 13 at 11 AM, at the Packachoag Church, 203 Packachoag Street in Auburn.
Contributions in her memory may be made to Daybreak, Rachel’s Table or the Human Rights Campaign.
The family also welcomes personal messages at: www.PassingofJeanPerkins.org