Jean Lamond was born in Brooklyn, New York on August 2, 1932 to Jim and Edna Lamond. When she was about 6 years old, the family moved in with her grandmother, Mazie Leonard in Hollis, NY on Long Island. Her sister, Roberta was born when Jean was 9 years old. Jean attended P.S. 95 grade school and went on to a small Catholic high school, The Mary Louis Academy in Jamaica, NY, where signs of leadership began to emerge. She was a good student, played junior varsity basketball, acted in school plays, heading up the theater group at the school. She graduated with honors and went on to St. John's University, Brooklyn, graduating with a B.A. in 1954. Jean taught grade school in Uniondale, Long Island, middle school in Smithtown, and after getting her Master's Degree at St. John's, she became a guidance counselor at Smithtown H.S. Her love affair with the state of Maine began when she took a six-week seminar in the summer of 1966 at the University of Maine in Orono. After that, she and her partner, Ann Bieling, bought a summer camp on Pattees Pond in Winslow, where they summered for years before making the decision to move to Maine permanently. She and Ann took early retirement and bought a home on Center Street in Waterville and moved there with Jean's widowed mother, Edna. In 1985, they sold the multi-family home on Center Street and moved to a new condominium in Waterville. For a time after Jean and Ann had finally retired from jobs at Colby and for Kennebec County, they spent winters in Fort Myers, Florida. Ann was then battling non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and she wanted to escape from the cold Maine winters. Jean was among the founders of a rape crisis unit in Waterville in 1984 and they gathered a stalwart bunch of people to answer the hotline for victims of rape and incest. From that pool of able volunteers, she found many of her lasting friendships. A few years after Ann died in 1997, Jean sold the place in Florida, and immersed herself in Maine activities including her most recent passion, Senior College, connected to the University of Maine at Augusta. She thoroughly enjoyed the mini-courses there and promoted that program with great enthusiasm. She headed up the Board of Directors for that group for a few years, and continued to enjoy their courses, their concerts and their brown-bag lunch events until her illness. She also joined the AAUW, enjoying their programs and giving talks around the state on women's issues. Jean Lamond was an outgoing and generous person, whole-heartedly supporting the causes she believed in. She was a loyal and good friend, a loving sister, and a devoted aunt to her niece, Karen, and nephew, Bill. Jean was a great reader, enjoying fiction, current events, history and mystery. Always an avid sports fan, she followed the Brooklyn Dodgers many years ago, and more recently the Red Sox and the Patriots. She loved going to the theater, doing crossword puzzles, listening to NPR, her favorite feature being Wait Wait; Don't Tell Me, and watching the political scene on MSNBC. During her illness, Jean heard from so many people who thanked her for encouraging them in their life choices or educational pursuits. She had a gift for focusing people on their goals, and supporting their efforts to achieve those goals. Jean died from pancreatic cancer on May 14. She leaves her sister Roberta Ken Knauf, her niece Karen Knauf Patrick Miles, and nephew, Bill Sarah Knauf and their 3 children. She will truly be missed by cousins and her many dear friends. A visitation will be held at the Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville, Maine, on Monday, May 21 hours 10 AM to noon. In lieu of sending flowers, you may make a donation to HealthReach Hospice, P.O. Box 828, Waterville, ME 04903-0828 or to your own favorite charity.