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Joan Mondale

Personal data
Date of birthAugust 8, 1930(age 84)
Place of birthEugene, Oregon, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseWalter Mondale
RelationsJohn Maxwell Adams and Eleanor Jane Hall
ChildrenTheodore A. Mondale
Eleanor Mondale (deceased)
William H. Mondale
Second Lady of the United States
In officeJanuary 20, 1977 - January 20, 1981
Succeeded byBarbara Bush
Preceded byHappy Rockefeller

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Joan Adams Mondale (born August 8, 1930) is the wife of Walter Mondale, the 42nd Vice President of the United States and later the U.S. ambassador to Japan. She is an advocate for the arts.

Joan Adams was born in Eugene, Oregon, and is one of three daughters of the Rev. John Maxwell Adams, a Presbyterian minister, and his wife, the former Eleanor Jane Hall. She attended Media Friends School, an integrated Quaker school in Media, Pennsylvania, a public school in Columbus, Ohio, and later St. Paul Academy and Summit School in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1952, she graduated from Macalester College, where her father served as a chaplain. Following her graduation from college, she worked at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts before returning to Minnesota, where she worked at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

She married Walter Mondale on December 27, 1955, several months after a blind date. The date was set up by her brother-in-law, future Judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals William Canby, a law school classmate of Walter Mondale's at the University of Minnesota. The couple has three children: a daughter, Eleanor, and two sons, Theodore and William.

During her husband's term as Vice President from 1977 to 1981, Joan Mondale served as Honorary Chairperson of the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. In 1972, she wrote "Politics in Art", a book for young adults. During her time at Number One Observatory Circle, which served as the official Vice Presidential residence, Mondale made the house a showcase of American art, opening it up for tours and decorating it with works by Robert Rauschenberg, Edward Hopper, Louise Nevelson, Ansel Adams, and others. An advocate for the arts, she also testified before Congress in an attempt to revise the estate tax to benefit artists and their families.

Following her husband's defeat in the 1980 Vice Presidential race, the Mondales returned to Minnesota, where they lived until her husband's 1993 appointment as U.S. Ambassador to Japan. While living in Japan from 1993 to 1996, she studied Japanese art.

At its 1977 commencement ceremonies, Barnard College awarded Mondale its highest honor, the Barnard Medal of Distinction.

In 1980, a tulip created by Dutch breeder J. F. van der Berg was named in her honor.

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Deficits, Social Security, and the American Public - Huffington Post (blog) Tweet this news
Huffington Post (blog)--Lawrence R. Jacobs is the Walter F. and -Joan Mondale- Chair for Political Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance in the ... - Date : Wed, 30 Jun 2010 03:03:08 GMT+00:00
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Worthington Daily Globe--It is no coincidence that he was the recent recipient of the Walter and -Joan Mondale- Award for Outstanding Public Service from friends and colleagues at the ... - Date : Fri, 04 Jun 2010 05:41:42 GMT+00:00
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København Jyllands-Posten---...- hvis en anden tidligere vicepræsident, som Walter -Mondale-, der som præsidentkandidat tabte kolossalt til Reagan, var blevet skilt fra sin kone -Joan-, ... - Date : Mon, 07 Jun 2010 01:16:11 GMT+00:00
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Worthington Daily Globe--Jim Vickerman recently received the Walter and -Joan Mondale- Award for Outstanding Public Service from his colleagues and friends at the Legislature. ST. ... - Date : Thu, 20 May 2010 03:08:50 GMT+00:00
House votes to ban drug - Alexandria Echo Press Tweet this news
Alexandria Echo Press--Jim Vickerman, DFL-Tracy, with the Walter and -Joan Mondale- Award for Outstanding Public Service. "I am extremely grateful for this award and I hope that it ... - Date : Sat, 15 May 2010 16:57:33 GMT+00:00
The scoop: Historic Afton ice cream shop has closed - Pioneer Press Tweet this news
Pioneer Press--Walter -Mondale- (D-Minn) and wife -Joan- sample ice cream at Selma's Ice Cream Parlour in Afton, Minn. during visit to the town on Friday, July 30, 1976. ... - Date : Wed, 19 May 2010 16:10:15 GMT+00:00
ART: Healing Lives - Twin Cities Planet Tweet this news
Twin Cities Planet--Textile Center's -Joan Mondale- Gallery in partnership with the Society for the Arts in Healthcare presents ART: Healing Lives from April 28 - May 22, 2010. ... - Date : Fri, 23 Apr 2010 02:32:29 GMT+00:00
MINNESOTA POLITICS: Education reform push ... Broadband wanted ... Attack ... - Grand Forks Herald Tweet this news
Grand Forks Herald--The campaign gave The Associated Press a letter signed by -Mondale- and former Secretary of State -Joan- Growe that said Kelliher is “the strongest, ... - Date : Sat, 17 Apr 2010 05:38:05 GMT+00:00
Mondale backs Kelliher in MN governor's race - Tweet this news campaign gave The Associated Press a letter signed by -Mondale- and former Secretary of State -Joan- Growe that says Kelliher is "the strongest, ... - Date : Wed, 14 Apr 2010 13:20:05 GMT+00:00

Honorary titles
Preceded by
Happy Rockefeller
Second Lady of the United States
Succeeded by
Barbara Bush

Second Ladies of the United States

Abigail Adams * Ann Gerry * Hannah Minthorne Tompkins * Floride Calhoun * Letitia Christian Tyler * Sophia Dallas * Abigail Fillmore * Mary Cyrene Burch Breckinridge * Ellen Vesta Emery Hamlin * Eliza Johnson * Ellen Maria Colfax * Eliza Hendricks * Anna Morton * Letitia Stevenson * Jennie Tuttle Hobart * Edith Roosevelt * Cornelia Cole Fairbanks * Carrie Babcock Sherman * Lois Irene Marshall * Grace Coolidge * Caro Dawes * Mariette Rheiner Garner * Ilo Wallace * Bess Truman * Jane Hadley Barkley * Pat Nixon * Lady Bird Johnson * Muriel Humphrey * Judy Agnew * Betty Ford * Happy Rockefeller * Joan Mondale * Barbara Bush * Marilyn Quayle * Tipper Gore * Lynne Cheney * Jill Biden

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