1949 - 2017 (67 years)
||DeMouthe, Jean Frances |
||8 Dec 1949
||Boonton, Morris County, New Jersey, USA 
||Humboldt State University, Arcata, Humboldt County, California, USA
|BA, Geology |
||California State University, Bakersfield, Kern County, California, USA
|MA, Education |
||University of California, Berkeley, Alameda, California, USA
|EdD, Education |
||20 Oct 2017
||Montara, San Mateo, California, USA [3, 4]
||6 Jan 2019 |
||DeMouthe, Francis Edwin, b. 15 Oct 1919, Boonton, Morris County, New Jersey, USA , d. 2 Aug 2003, El Camino Hospital, Mountain View, Santa Clara, California, USA (Age 83 years) |
||Kavanaugh, Jean Adele, b. 22 Jan 1922, New Jersey, USA , d. 1 Aug 2011, Santa Clara County, California, USA (Age 89 years) |
|1. DeMouthe, Jean Frances, b. 8 Dec 1949, Boonton, Morris County, New Jersey, USA , d. 20 Oct 2017, Montara, San Mateo, California, USA |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
|Born - 8 Dec 1949 - Boonton, Morris County, New Jersey, USA
|Education - BA, Geology - 1972 - Humboldt State University, Arcata, Humboldt County, California, USA
|Education - MA, Education - 1973 - California State University, Bakersfield, Kern County, California, USA
|Education - EdD, Education - 1989 - University of California, Berkeley, Alameda, California, USA
|Died - 20 Oct 2017 - Montara, San Mateo, California, USA
- Author: Natural Materials: Sources,Properties, and Uses. Routledge. 2006
Author: Visitor Behavior as a Measure of Educational Effectiveness of Museum Exhibits. University of California, Berkeley, 1989. EdD dissertation.
Author: Horse Markings and Coloration.
Author: Care and Documentation of Mineral Collections. Mineralolgical Society of America, Monograph. 2017.
Managing Editor, 2006-2009; Council Member, 2005-2009; The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections.
The Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections
On October 20, 2017, the SPNHC community lost a dear friend and supporter when Jean DeMouthe passed away after a long battle with cancer. For the past 44 years Jean has worked at the California Academy of Science, most of that time as the Senior Collections Manager for Geology where she managed the mineral, rock and fossil collections.
Jean was born December 8, 1949 in New Jersey, but soon moved with her family to California. She earned a bachelor?s degree in geology and a teacher?s certificate at Humboldt State University, at a time when she was the only women in the geology program. Her love of teaching geology and informal science education led to her Ed.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in Education. Jeannie had many talents that went far beyond geology which included her love of music, collecting glassware (marbles to be precise) and her adopted pets.
In addition to her role at the Academy, Jean was a licensed geologist for San Mateo County for more than 30 years, and she lectured at San Francisco State University in the Museum Studies Program. She regularly mentored SFSU students in collections management and conservation, many of whom are leaders today.
As senior collection manager at the Academy, Jean?s responsibilities went beyond the preservation and access to the geology and paleontology collections. She was also a leading force in promoting preventative conservation at the Academy and in the natural history collections community. She mentored multiple generations of collection professionals at the Academy and at many other institutions. Jean was one of the first people to hold the title of Collections Manager at a natural history museum and was well known for promoting the professionalization of collections management world-wide.
Jean was present at the founding of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) in 1985 and was an active member speaking at their annual meeting like clockwork. When many people would have chosen to not travel, Jean continued attending meetings and this past June in Denver at SPNCH2017, she spoke about the preservation of geological materials in non-natural history to a packed audience.
Jean was president of The Society of Mineral Museum Professionals (SMMP) in 1997 to 1999 and secretary from 2003-2017. Between 2006 and 2009, Jean was the Chair of the SPNHC Publications Committee and Managing Editor of the Society?s journal Collection Forum. Her contributions to the mineral and natural history museum communities will live on through her two published books (DeMouthe, 2006 and 2017). She recently completed a chapter on collections in seismically active areas in SPNHC?s new book on Preventative Conservation.
My friend Jean?s legacy will live on long past these publications, and those that she touched with her friendship will cherish the memories of a dear friend, a caring individual and a dedicated member of the natural history community. Until we meet again Jean.
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
DeMouthe, J.F. 2006. Natural Materials: Sources Properties, and Uses. Architectural Press. Burlington, MA.
DeMouthe, J.F. 2017. Care and Documentation of Mineral Collections. Mineralogical Society of America. Chantilly, VA.
Photo: Copyright California Academy of Science
- [S277] Ancestors of Theodore Cabot Smith, Ted Smith via Underwood list.
- [S184] Ted Smith.
- [S184] Ted Smith (Reliability: 3), 21 Oct 2017.
Facebook post from Peggy DeMouthe, 21 Oct 2017:
My big sister passed away yesterday, safe at home and in peace. Our hearts are breaking but we are so grateful for all the wonderful memories that her friends and colleagues are sharing. I'll write more later about her amazing life but here's a photo that a colleague shared that shows so much about her as a scientist and a person (from a lecture on Minerals in Archeology). I will miss her so much.
- [S958] Legacy, (Legacy.com) (Reliability: 3), 4 Nov 2017.
Jean F. DeMouthe, EdD, RG
December 8, 1949 - October 20, 2017
Jean DeMouthe passed away peacefully at home on October 20, with her brother and sister at her side. Although she had been fighting cancer for many years, she had insisted that life go on "as usual" until a few weeks before. For her, the "usual" was a full day of work as Senior Collections Manager in the Invertebrate Zoology and Geology department at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park; supervision of academic theses for her Museum Studies students at San Francisco State University; attending the Denver Gem and Mineral Show; and hosting visiting colleagues and friends. Until recently, she also acted as County Geologist for San Mateo County.
Jean received her degree in geology from Humboldt State University and her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. From the start she was determined to get a job at the Academy of Sciences, and started as a volunteer in the IZG department. Soon hired as an assistant, she made the institution her second home for the next 44 years. During this time she guided the development of a world-class mineral collection of several million specimens, including fossils, microfossils, minerals, gemstones, and meteorites.
Dr. DeMouthe was also an active field trip leader, contributed to the exhibits and education programs at the Academy, and helped guide many young men and women into fruitful careers in the sciences. Her work has had an international influence on the ways in which museum and private collections are displayed and preserved.
Dr. DeMouthe was a member of the Bay Area Art Conservation Guild (BAACG), a founding member of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC), and other professional organizations. She is a recipient of the Academy Fellows' Award for distinguished service. She loved her family, her friends, her work, big dogs, art glass marbles, jazz piano, Giants baseball, handcrafts, chocolate, rare roses, books, cats, chickens, and the occasional pint of Guinness. We will miss her so much.
Funeral services will be private. A celebration of her life will be held in early 2018.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Oct. 29, 2017
Researched by Ted Smith