We were saddened to learn that Jeanne Ashton died on November 27, 2016 at age 94. She graduated from Green Mountain in 1942, and late in the 1970s received her BA from Upsala College in West Orange, NJ.
A very active alumna of Green Mountain, Jeanne first worked part-time as an Assistant Director of Admissions visiting schools from 1960-67 mostly in New Jersey and So. Florida, and full-time from ’68 to ’71. She was elected to the Alumni Board in late ’71, and served as President in ’78. Later that year she was elected by the Alumni Assoc. to a three year term on the Board of Trustees, and went on to serve for a total of 18 years.
Jeanne received the Distinguished Alumni Award for GMC in 1979. Jeanne came to Green Mountain from her hometown of Upper Montclair, NJ. Her classmates remember her as a good athlete; Choir member with a “golden voice”; “dark-haired and sophisticated classmate with a pleasing personality”, Queen of Winter Carnival (with future husband, Bill Ashton ’42, as King)…they married in ’43, had two daughters Susan and Jill.
Jeanne was a very proud Grandmother of two grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Since retirement from the Trustees, Jeanne occasionally volunteered as an admissions counselor for GMC covering college nights in NJ, the Albany area, and western New York State. As an elected Alumni Board director emerita, she continued to visit campus as often as possible to attend Board meetings and reunions. Jeanne has been a great asset to Green Mountain College—enriching our connection to the school and its history.
She was a passionate, dedicated and loyal alumna—her sense of humor was wonderful, and seldom predictable! The family planned a memorial service at the Union Congregational Church, Upper Montclair, New Jersey.
Ed Card ’42
Nancy Ludeck Stone ’50
Helen Sharpe Marquiss ’58
Christian Allan King ’60
Sherry Marquiss Miles ’65