The Jacque Foreman Conroy Endowment supports the Jacque Foreman Conroy Scholarship, which is offered each year by the Rotary Club of Altadena.
The Endowment was created in 2020 to honor Jacque’s long life as a dedicated volunteer in the Altadena and Pasadena area. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a student or students who have attend Pasadena City College for at least one year. The student should be enrolled in a program to receive an Associate in Arts Degree – Communication Arts or a Certificate of Achievement in Graphic Communication Technology or Photography.
Jacqueline Foreman Conroy and identical twin sister were born in Appleton, Wisconsin in 1939. In the mid-1940s, her family moved to Alhambra, California. She attended local schools and then moved on to the University of California, Riverside, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English. A love of dance and animals defined her early life. She excelled in ballet and continued with ballet classes, mainly for exercise, well into her adult life. In the late 1960s, she met her future husband Bruce Conroy. They spent more than 51 years enjoying life together.
Jacque, as her friends and colleagues called her, loved to take in stray cats and find them homes, but she often kept them herself. After she and Bruce purchased a house in Altadena near the entrance of the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), they hiked the canyon above JPL almost daily until the last few months of her life. She spoiled her family and friends with her homemade chocolate chip cookies, which she baked in her 1950s Wedgewood stove and generously gave away.
Jacque’s professional life started after college by working for companies doing clerical work. By the early 1970s, she was working for the Carnation Company, where she learned about marketing and promotional work. Around this time, she enrolled at Pasadena City College and focused on Photography and Graphic Art Design, which led her to start her own business, Foreman Graphics, in late 1972. Over the years, she did marketing, logo creation, and graphic art design for hundreds of businesses and non-profit organizations.
Jacque was very involved with the Christmas Tree Lane Association (CTLA) in Altadena for many years and documented decades of the association’s work with her photography. She was also an active member with the Business Network International – La Crescenta Chapter.
However, it was with the Rotary Club of Altadena that her charitable spirit and volunteer work most shined. She was a Rotary member for more than 25 years, during which she was in charge of the weekly SPARKS Newsletter that was sent to members and local community leaders. She published the newsletter 48 times a year, and this work earned her Award Recognition at the Rotary District and international level more than 12 times.
Endowment created November, 2020