100 Women Wall of Honor
About100 Women Wall of Honor

Jean N. Manchester

Jean N. Manchester (1926-2017) (BS 1948 Home Economics Education) completed one of the first 100 Women Campaign gifts – not to ensure her own recognition, though she will receive a lasting honor, but because she believes in the work of Human Ecology. “This is my school. It gave me much when I was in college and I want to support it,” she said. She also aimed “to stimulate giving and to publicize that there is this opportunity to give.” Jean encouraged alumni to give to projects they believe in. “Women need to give to reflect their values and to ensure that these values continue.” If they are married, “their husbands must also realize this.” Jean was a pioneer in many areas of her life, including being the first woman to chair the UW Foundation Board of Directors in 1996, and being the founding chair of the UW Women’s Philanthropy Council and a founding member of the School of Human Ecology’s Board of Visitors. In 1995 Jean received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Wisconsin Alumni Association.