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ProLiteracy Mourns Loss of Literacy Leader


ProLiteracy Mourns Loss of Literacy Leader

Jean Stephens, a former staff member of Literacy Volunteers of America—ProLiteracy’s predecessor organization—and a dedicated champion of adult literacy and basic education, unexpectedly passed away on February 28 in Athens, Ohio. In addition to her work at LVA, Jean served as the executive director of the Ohio Literacy Center and the Tennessee Center for Literacy Studies.

“I had the privilege of working with Jean extensively over many years, on the Board of the National Coalition for Literacy and in many other capacities,” said Peter Waite, executive vice president of ProLiteracy. “She was a remarkable individual with a keen mind and an exceptional commitment to our cause. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.”

Jean held a bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University and master’s degrees from East Carolina and Boston University. She is survived by her husband of 41 years and three children. Condolences can be shared on the Hughes-Moquin Funeral Home website, and those wishing to share memories of Jean can do so at

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