Born in Ontario, Oregon, the daughter of George Lewis Penrose (1915-87) and Elinore Sterrett Shields (1913-93), Jean Penrose (September 7, 1939 – June 22, 2018) grew up on their small farm in Tigard, Oregon.
After high-school graduation in 1957, Jean spent a memorable year with her family in Tehran, Iran. She also lived on a kibbutz in Israel as part of the International Farm Youth Exchange (IFYE) Program.
With her 1962 Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics from Oregon State University, she went to Colorado to teach high-school HomeEc. Her sense of adventure took her to Juneau, Alaska in 1965 where she taught at Juneau-Douglas High School.
She and longtime Alaskan Pierre Sundborg married in December 1966. Pierre’s 30-year career with IBM brought the family to Seattle in 1968, then to New York, Texas, Leicester in England and St-Paul-de-Vence in France. They adopted infants George Charles in 1969 and Lynn Marie in 1971. Lynn died in 2007.
After the Sundborgs moved from Normandy Park to Seattle and settled on 5th Avenue West in 1992, Jean co-founded and led the Uptown Alliance. She reminded all that “it’s not Lower Queen Anne.” Jean played a key role in the creation of Uptown’s Counterbalance Park, dedicated in 2008 (shown in picture L-R: Jean, John Coney, John Gessner, Keith Biever & Kathy Biever. Photo courtesy of Jean Sundborg). In the 1990s she worked for Triangle Associates, specializing in waste reduction and recycling.
In retirement, she pursued passions of traveling and family genealogical research.
Queen Anne resident Betty Bowen (1918-1977) played a major role in Seattle cultural life — as assistant director of the Seattle Art Museum, as a civic activist on behalf of the arts and historic preservation, and a promoter of Seattle artists.
Born Betty Cornelius in Kent, Washington to a family tracing its roots to Western Washington’s early settlers, she earned an English degree from the University of Washington. She worked briefly as a reporter for The Seattle Times, then as women’s editor for the Seattle Star. She married John Bowen, captain of ships that laid undersea cables.
During the 1950s, Bowen divided her time between volunteering and public relations work. Dr. Richard Fuller, founder of the Seattle Art Museum, hired her as publicist, then promoted her to assistant director – and she continued in that role until Fuller retired in 1973. She came to know many of the city’s artists. The Museum presents the annual Betty Bowen Award in recognition of her support of the local artistic community.
Betty Bowen played an active part in civic affairs, helping organize support for the arts and for historic preservation. An original member of the Seattle Arts Commission (established 1971), a founding member of the Pacific Northwest Arts and Crafts Center, and a founding member and chair of the Allied Arts Historic Preservation Committee, she helped organize one of the successful efforts to preserve the Pike Place Market as a designated historic district, and served on the board of Friends of the Market. …Continue reading “Betty Bowen, Cultural Activist”→