Zionsville Times Sentinel


October 13, 2010

Mary Jane Barker Beaman Phillippe of Greenwood

Mary Jane Barker Beaman Phillippe, 91, of Greenwood, formerly of Zionsville, died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2010, at Greenwood Village.

She was born Aug. 11, 1919. She was the daughter of the late Charles and Lula (McCalment) Barker.

Mary Jane graduated Avon High School in 1937, Central Normal College in 1939, Lewis & Clark College in personal training in 1961, University of Wisconsin in special education (gifted) in 1962, and received a master’s degree from Butler University in 1964.

Her work experience included elementary teacher and guidance counselor for 30 years, general manager of Greenwood Village from 1965 to 1968, guidance counselor at Clinton Prairie School from 1970 to 1973, field representative for U.S. Senator Vance Hartke from 1976 to 1977, and sales associate/broker for F.C. Tucker from 1979 to 1983.

Her memberships included AARP, Indiana Retired Teachers Association, life member of the National Education Association, Indiana School Women’s Club, Boone County/Marion County Retired Teachers Association, president of the Marion County Classroom Teachers Association, vice president of the Indiana State Teachers Association, personnel policy committee member of the National Education Association, personnel policy committee member of Indianapolis Public Schools, and president of the Clinton Prairie School Teachers Association.

Mary Jane’s involvement with the AARP included Capital City Task Force Lobby from 1977 to 1990 and 1998 to 1999, Vote Sixth Congressional District Coordinator from 1990 to 1992, Vote State Coordinator from 1992 to 1998, Area V Management Team, Indiana AARP Leadership Council from 1992 to 2008, and the National Legislative Council from 1998 to 2001.

Her involvement in politics and promoting the democratic party was her life’s work, including her involvement as precinct committee chairwoman for Clinton County Michigan Township from 1972 to 1979, precinct committee chairwoman for Boone County Eagle Township from 1980 to 1999, and delegate at the Democrat State Convention every year since 1972. She attended the Democrat National Convention in 1976, was campaign director for State Representative Don Stanley in 1972, was a candidate for State Senate District 24 in 1974, was Democrat County Chairman in Clinton County in 1974, and Democrat Chairperson Boone Eagle Township from 1980 to 1995.

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