Jean Armour

Jean Reddy Armour 1927-2021

Jean was a longtime member of the Boca Grande Art Center exhibiting her work in the many annual shows.  She was also one of our most active students of the Art Center. Jean enjoyed pastel painting, Sailor’s Valentine and animal painting, taking art workshops each season up until 2020.

Jean attended the Ethel Walker School and Finch College, New York. She married T. Stanton Armour in 1948 and they lived in New Haven, CT, Ninah, WI and Lake Forest, Il before moving to Boca Grande, FL.

Jean was a talented amateur ornithologist, mycologist, bridge player and artist. She was passionate and prolific as an artist. She was always ready to embrace new techniques and challenges. Her talent and soul shined in everything she created, from her work for the White Elephant, paintings of Northern Michigan and her beautiful sailors’ valentines.

Jean’s relationship with the Field Museum began in 1961 when she joined the Field Museum as a Founders’ Council member. She was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1977, and later as a Life Trustee. She was a cherished member of the Field Museum’s Women’s Board and served as President from 1982 to 1984.

Jean’s contributions to the Field Museum extended well beyond her service as a Trustee, Women’s Board member and philanthropist. She was the founding chair of the Friends of the Field Museum Library and worked as a volunteer in both the Anthropology and Birds Divisions. In addition to being an avid bird watcher and enthusiast, Jean was a skilled bird skinner and dresser. The Field Museum is proud to hold several of her specimens in its renowned Birds collection.

She also served as President of the of the Lake Forest Garden Club and Boca Grande Garden Club. She more recently became a Board member of the Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association pursuing her interest to preserve the small town charm and natural beauty of Boca Grande. She was a Life Member of the Antiquarian Society of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Jean will be missed by all of her friends at the Art Center.