August 26, 1926 ~ July 22, 2010
Jean Mieko Conklin, 83, of Hamden, passed away peacefully on July 22, 2010 with her husband of 56 years, Harold C. Conklin, at her side. She was born in Sharon, PA on August 26, 1926 to the late Masanobu and Kikue Hasegawa Morisuye. Besides her husband, Jean leaves her sons, Bruce Conklin and his wife Bonnie Preston, and their children Dylan and Claire Conklin of San Francisco, CA and Mark Conklin and his wife Noelle Strong and their daughter Emma Strong-Conklin of Park City, UT. Jean is a graduate of Oberlin College and received her master's in biology from Brown University. She accompanied her husband on three, year-long anthropological field trips to the Philippines. Most of her life she lived in New Haven before recently moving to the Whitney Center in Hamden CT. Early in her career, Jean was a research assistant at Yale Medical School. Other titles she has held at Yale University included executive assistant to the Director of Athletics, to the Director of Human Resources and to the Yale General Counsel. Jean was an indefatigable record keeper, an avid letter writer, and spent countless hours working on many aspects of anthropological documentation. In 2002 she authored 'An Ifugao Notebook'. Many lives have been touched in special ways because of Jean and her love of helping other people. A memorial service will be held at Dwight Hall (Old Campus, 67 High St., New Haven) Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010 at 3 p.m.