Jean <I>McCall</I> Babson

Jean McCall Babson

Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Death Jul 1987 (aged 67–68)
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Burial Redmond, Deschutes County, Oregon, USA
Memorial ID 7222585 · View Source
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Parents: Henry McCall and Dorothy Lawson McCall; h-Bill Babson, 3 children: Stephen, Jean and Ann Kauffman. Sister of Governor Tom McCall in this cemetery.

Children's advocate Jean McCall Babson dies
of The Oregonian staff
Jean McCall Babson, sister of the late Gov. Tom McCall of Oregon and a nationally known children's advocate, died of cancer Wednesday in her Dunthorpe-area home. She was 63.

Graveside service will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 9, in Redmond Memorial Cemetery at Redmond with a reception following at Juniper Golf Club. Memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, in the Reed College Chapel.

Babson was a diminutive version of her famous brother, and they shared an inherited taste for community service.

Entering the child-welfare arena in the traditional way, Babson began volunteering her time to private charity organizations while raising her own family during the 1960s. But with uncommon commitment and persistence, she branched out to the arena of public policy-making.

Widely regarded as the state's premier volunteer advocate for children, she repeatedly led the crusade to establish a check-off box on the state income tax form that earmarks a portion of a taxpayer's refund fighting child abuse. This month such a bill was passed by the 1987 Legislature and awaits the governor's signature.

"In the field of child welfare she was interested in every issue that came along and would pursue with all the time and energy she had," Ross Miller, executive director of the Parry Center for Children, said about her efforts. "It didn't matter if it was calling Mark Hatfield or the governor, she'd get right at it. It was more guts than most people had."

A former president and board member of the Parry Center, Babson in April became the first recipient of the organization's Meritorious Service to Child Award.

Babson was born July 1, 1919, in Boston, the daughter of Henry and Dorothy McCall, both members of wealthy New England families who headed west at the turn of the century to become ranchers. She grew up on the family's Central Oregon ranch and moved to Portland in the 1940s to attend Reed College, from which she graduated in 1942.

Babson's work on behalf of children began at the Parry Center and continued at the Christie School and the Albertina Kerry Centers for Children.

In the late 1960s, after working on a study titled "Child Welfare Needs and Services in Oregon." she moved in the public arena to serve on the Governor's Commission on Youth and co-founded a private advocacy group called Citizens for Children.

Later Babson served on the boards of the Child Welfare League of America and the National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse.

In 1964 Babson's volunteer efforts were honored when the Christie School named its new intensive-care unit the Babson Cottage.

In addition to her work in behalf of the children, Babson was a trustee at Reed College and the first woman to serve on the board of the City Club of Portland.

Babson is survived by her husband, Bill; son, Stephen; daughters, Jean and Ann Kauffman, both of Portland; sister, Dorothy Chamberlain of Portland; and four grandchildren.

The family suggests that remembrances to contributions to the Jean Babson Student Life Fund at Reed College, Parry Center for Children or Christie School.

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