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 by Jacque’s husband, Bruce Conroy, and her Rotary friends to honor her 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 (PCC) for at least one year and are 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. They spent more than 51 years 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 had a giving spirit and loved her local community – volunteerism defined her time in Altadena. She was very involved with the Christmas Tree Lane Association (CTLA) 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.
Her charitable work most shined, however, with the Rotary Club of Altadena, where she was a member for more than 25 years. She loved overseeing the Rotary’s weekly SPARKS Newsletter, which she published 48 times a year. This work earned her award recognition at the Rotary District and international level more than 12 times. The Altadena Rotary now has the honor of choosing scholarship recipients at PCC in her name each year.
For Jacque’s family, PCF was a natural choice to create her endowment. Not only will her dedication to the Rotary Club and her love of education be forever honored, but PCF’s investment expertise coupled with its facility in handling donations will also enable an annual distribution to Altadena Rotary Charities and ensure ongoing support for PCC students who share Jacque’s love of communication arts, graphic design, and photography.
Endowment created November, 2020