Jean Edwards has devoted her life to social work and health care administration and to her family.
After graduation I began a social work career with the Baltimore City Department of Welfare but was married soon after and returned to the Eastern Shore, where I have remained. I have three children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren and have loved growing up with them. I was fortunate with my career, first with the City and then with several county Social Service Agencies where I worked as a social worker for foster care, adoptions and protective services until 1972. I then began a second career in health care administration (receiving my Masters in 1997), beginning first at Kent & Queen Anne’s Hospital and ultimately with the Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care in Easton where I devoted many hours to help grow a successful health care review organization. One of the highlights of my career was working with researchers from Harvard and John Hopkins Universities to establish the first set of quality assurance standards for the ambulatory setting.
I retired in 2000, and my retirement years have been complete with traveling the globe. I am proud to have made it to five of the seven continents and all but one of the United States. My trips are divided into three parts: the planning, the doing and then the writing about it. That third piece makes it real; now, I just hope some day my descendants will relive those trips through those journals.
I love working on genealogy: creating family histories, planning and participating in family reunions, meeting cousins for the first time, and sharing data and photographs. For the past 15 years, I have met annually with my high school classmates in Southern Maryland and have continued college friendships over the past 50 years… sharing our lives’ ups and downs. But mostly I have enjoyed my family, welcoming the opportunity to share in the growth and development of my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. I love playing cards – especially bridge and poker (though can only go about 3 hours - not like the old college days when we could go all night), and thoroughly enjoy my new home in Laurel, DE where I moved in September 2008. With a big “treeless” yard I have joined the local Garden Club and hope some of their knowledge will rub off on me. Paying it forward is important to me and right now I serve as a volunteer for the Delaware Hospice and Our Lady of Lourdes Helping Hands Ministry. I also serve as a lay Eucharistic Minster. I feel very blessed with the life I have and my experiences at WC certainly helped create it.
- Culture shock coming from small town to ‘liberal’ arts college – ‘those girls are doing WHAT?’
- Rooming in Reid Hall with Dee
- Scrubbing the brick sidewalk with a toothbrush
- Camel hair coats (had to buy one)
- English classes — John O’Hara
- Sorority rush—lovely
- Newman Club
- Chorus with Mr. Forney
- Sticky buns – Ms. Dee – the snack bar
- Talking marathons
- Bridge games
- Cooling beer in the toilet tank
- Anthropology — gotta travel
- Making lifelong friends
- Vita Foods pickle vats
- First trip to NY City
- Finding my major
Employer: Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care
Work City & State: Easton, MD
Current or Last Work Title: Dir, Ext & Govt Relations
Home City & State: Laurel, DE