Alpha Sigma Alpha mourns the loss of past National President Jean Raup Grady


Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority is saddened to announce the death of past national president, Jean Raup Grady, BE, on Sept. 5, 2019.

Jean served as national president from 1958-61. During her time as president, the Sorority published its first cookbook, Gourmet’s Guide; presented a memorial garden to Longwood University in honor of Alpha Sigma Alpha’s founders and bestowed the title of president emerita to Wilma Wilson Sharp.

In addition to serving as national president, Jean served as convention parliamentarian; registrar 1949-52; constitution chairman 1952-58 and 1964-65; and housing chairman 1959-61. Jean is a past president of the Richmond, VA Alumnae Chapter and was also a member of the Washington, D.C. Alumnae Chapter. In 2008, Jean was awarded the Evelyn G. Bell Award for her lifetime devotion to the Sorority.

Professionally, Jean was employed as a clerk at the U.S. Justice Department and as a secretary for the U.S. Treasury Department. While with the Virginia State Corporation Commissions, Jean worked as a secretary and later as a judge. She also had a long career as a Realtor.

“Jean was always an inspiring presence at convention. Members gravitated to her to enjoy her company and to hear stories of our founders and of Wilma Wilson Sharp- all whom she knew personally. Her warm smile and kind spirit will be missed,” said Kelly McGinnis Beck, national president.

Jean’s obituary can be found HERE.


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