A Fond Farewell To Jeanne Defriel Gardiner

The world lost Jeanne DeFriel Gardiner ’30 on April 23, 2006. She was the founder and first president of the Rooselvelt High School Golden Grads. Jeanne treated the Golden Grads as a full-time job. She was on the phone daily with Golden Grads’ business in keeping track of all of the members and the various changes that occur on a daily basis. During her lifetime, Jeanne and her husband, Arthur, specialized in mountain trekking, particularly in the Himalayas. To see Jeanne’s garden overlooking Lake Washington, with a view of Mt. Rainier, was a very special treat. Jeanne died at the age of 93, remaining active, with trips to Turkey, Greece, Alaska, and Mexico with her children, enjoying plays and concerts, attending University of Washington football games, and still taking care of the membership challenge of the Golden Grads until the last. She is, and will be, missed.