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Jessie Verna Stone

January 1, 2019

1987 – Lake Forest, Illinois & Winnetka, Illinois

Jessie Stone is a longtime advocate of voluntarism and philanthropy. Her voluntary efforts include many years of working with the Chicago Maternity Center preparing handmade layettes for infants born into poverty. She was the first president of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Robert R. McCormick Chicago Boys Club. She spent countless hours with her late daughter, Donna J. Stone, working on behalf of the National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse. She is a co-founder and vice president of the W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation, which, since its founding has distributed well over $100 million to organizations devoted to helping individuals, especially children, fulfill their potential. Her interest in and support of the arts is also broad. She and her husband, W. Clement Stone, are long-time supporters of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Chicago Art Institute, as well as the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. In her quiet and loving way, Jessie Verna Stone has touched many lives and made them better. Her efforts on behalf of others culminated in an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from the University of Dubuque in 1984. (Deceased, 2004)