Jean Whyte Mohr (85), of Naples, FL, formerly of Lake Forest, died peacefully at her home with hospice Tuesday, August 9. She graduated from Lake Forest College in 1952 and taught first grade in Champaign, IL.
Jean joined the college Alumni Board in 1977 and was its President from 1979-1982. Subsequently, she was elected to the Board of Trustees and named a Life Trustee in 1986. Even this past May, Jean attended the 2016 college graduation ceremony which was her annual custom.
As National Vice President of the Panel of American Women, Jean and other panelists were honored at the White House by President Carter for their work confronting prejudice, discrimination, and racism in 1979. Jean was a supporting member of Planned Parenthood and the YWCA in Lake County. She was an elder and deacon of the First Presbyterian Church and in 1964 started the first day care facility in Lake County.
An avid sportswoman, Jean played golf, tennis, cross country skiing, bridge, and had a glorious garden.
Jean leaves behind her beloved husband, Frank, of 64 years and four children: Scott Mohr and wife Sally, Libby McKee and husband Rusty, Margaret McBane and husband Dick, and Mary Stokes and husband Jim. Jean was blessed with 10 loving grandchildren: Charley McKee, Scotty Mohr and wife Jaclyn, William McKee and wife Catie, Parker McKee, Emily Winters, Betsy Winters, Molly Winters, Wes Stokes, Kate Mohr, and Ian Stokes. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Jean’s passion for life, her energy, optimism, and compassion for human rights and her concern for the environment helped to make a difference in our world.
A memorial service to honor Jean will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 700 N Sheridan, Lake Forest on Saturday, September 17, at 3 p.m. with a reception following.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest.
— Wenban Funeral Home