Jean Elizabeth (McGrew) Stoffregen


Jean Elizabeth (McGrew) Stoffregen



Jean Elizabeth (McGrew) Stoffregen was born in Chicago, Illinois, on October 14, 1919. After graduating (1936) from York Community High School, in Elmhurst, Illinois, she enrolled at Indiana University. Stoffregen graduated, Phi Beta Kappa, with an A.B. from I.U. in 1940. Stoffregen joined the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and traveled to Washington to protest WWII in the early 1940s. In 1941, she enrolled at the Law School of the University of Chicago, before transferring to the Indiana University Law School in the summer of 1941. She received her J.D. from the law school in 1942.

Stoffregen began her legal career clerking for Indiana Supreme Court Justice Frank Richman, before working for the Diamond Chain and Manufacturing Company in Indianapolis. In 1947, Judge Richman, who had been appointed Judge of the American Military Tribunal, in Nuremberg, Germany, asked Stoffregen if she would assist him. Stoffregen became one of the few women to work on the trials. Additionally, she traveled throughout the wore-torn European continent, assisting residents displaced by the war with emigration documentation and processing. Upon her return to the U.S., she continued her humanitarian efforts to assist refugees and immigrants in their efforts to rebuild their lives.

After her marriage to David Stoffregen, in 1949, she joined her husband in the practice of Quakerism for the next sixty years, and remained active in causes relating to peace and social justice. While in her 60's she went to graduate school and earned a Master's degree in Social Work. Jean McGrew Stoffregen died on October 4, 2008.


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