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MULGREW, Joan Virginia

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MULGREW, Joan Virginia. (Montclair, NJ, Oct. 21, 1927--Dubuque, IA, July 27, 2006). The middle child of Florence (Saunders) and Frank Kiernan, Joan attended Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, and St. Mary's College, Kansas, where she earned a degree in philosophy. While attending Sacred Heart Boarding School for Girls, Pennsylvania, she met her life-long friend, Jean Kennedy, sister of John and Robert. Mrs. Mulgrew spent many summers at Hyannis Port with the Kennedy clan who fondly named her, Jiki.

After serving as John Kennedy's private assistant during his run for Congress, Mrs. Mulgrew moved to Chicago, where she worked as an art director for an advertising agency. It was here she met Thomas James MULGREW II. They married in 1952, and moved to Dubuque. One of their eight children was Kate MULGREW.

An adored wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Mrs. Mulgrew was perhaps best known for her artistic talents and generous contributions to the local art community. Under the tutelage of her dear friend, the late Francesco LICCIARDI, she pursued art as a career. Joan studied all over the world and became quite a successful artist, exhibiting her works throughout the United States and Europe.

A final retrospective of her paintings was organized by Mrs. Terry Mozena and displayed at a sold-out show at Dubuque's Plane Art Design gallery in 2002.

Joan loved to travel, cook, read, sew, play the piano and entertain guests in her home, a pre-Civil War house and 40-acre estate outside of the city called "Derby Grange."

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Obituary. Telegraph Herald, July 28, 2006