Alum Jean Karr Class of 1950

Karr, Jean A. 77 9/24/1932 11/13/2009 Jean A. Karr of Silver Springs, Md., passed away Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, at Friends Nursing Home. She was the beloved wife of Albert R. Karr; loving mother of Thomas Karr of Washington, D.C.; Joan Tycko of Bethesda, Md.; and Carolyn Charnock of Charleston, W. Va. She is also survived by four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her oldest son, Andrew. Jean Antoinette Mauro Karr passed away after a long battle with multiple sclerosis and after suffering a stroke on Oct. 26, 2009. She was born in Portland, Sept. 24, 1932. Jean was a Junior Rose Festival princess and graduated from Washington High School in 1950, where she was editor of the high school yearbook. She graduated in liberal arts, majoring in English, from the University of Oregon in 1954. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority; worked on the "Oregana," the college yearbook; and the Oregon Daily Emerald, the campus newspaper. She was also a member of Kwama, sophomore women's honorary, Phi Theta Upsilon, national women's service honorary, Chi Delta Phi, national women's literary honorary and co-chaired the All-Campus Sing. Mrs. Karr also wrote an as-yet unpublished book manuscript "Leap for Joy" about her struggles and those of her family with her son's successful battle with childhood leukemia. She traveled eastward with her family to Mountain Home, Idaho; Madison, Wis.; Chicago; Detroit, Mich.; then westward again to Poulsbo, Wash.; then back east to Pittsburgh; New York City; Pittsburgh; and finally to the Washington, D.C., area, where she lived in Maryland suburbs. A memorial service will be at 12:45 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, in the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. The family will receive relatives and friends one hour prior to the service. All in attendance are invited to a reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Friends House Retirement Community, 17340 Quaker Lane, Sandy Spring, MD 20866, to benefit Friends Nursing Home. Inquiries may be directed to Rapp Funeral and Cremation Services or at