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In Memory of

Jean Osgood Rainey

April 5, 1925 - November 18, 2016

Obituary


Jean Osgood Rainey, 91, died November 18th at Chevy Chase House in Washington, DC after a prolonged illness.

Jean was born on April 5th, 1925 in Lansing, Michigan, daughter of Earl Victor and Blanche Mae (Eberly) Osgood.

She grew up in St. Johns, Michigan where her family alternately had a farm and ran a general store. Jean attended and graduated from Lansing Business University in 1942 and then headed to Washington DC to work at the Pentagon during WWII. After the war she entered into Public Relations and by 1954 she was the...

Jean Osgood Rainey, 91, died November 18th at Chevy Chase House in Washington, DC after a prolonged illness.

Jean was born on April 5th, 1925 in Lansing, Michigan, daughter of Earl Victor and Blanche Mae (Eberly) Osgood.

She grew up in St. Johns, Michigan where her family alternately had a farm and ran a general store. Jean attended and graduated from Lansing Business University in 1942 and then headed to Washington DC to work at the Pentagon during WWII. After the war she entered into Public Relations and by 1954 she was the director of the National Association of Food Chains.

In the late 1950s Jean Osgood met John Rainey in Washington DC. John was working for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture in Harrisburg. They married in 1958 and lived in Jean's house on Q Street in Georgetown. In 1959 the couple moved to the house on N street in Georgetown where they would raise their three children.

In 1962 Jean and John brought a cottage in Sherwood Forest Maryland near Annapolis, where the family would spend every summer and where Jean would retreat to her beloved Robin Hood beach to relax with her friends.

Jean was Public Relations director of the National Association of Food Chains in Washington from 1954-1959. Vice President public relations Manchester organizations. Partner, Rainey, McEnroe and Manning a firm she started with John Rainey in 1962. The firm merged with Selvage and Lee in 1973. She became president of the Washington division in 1979. In 1984 she started Jean Rainey Associates. In 1987 she became a Senior Vice-President at Daniel J. Edelman Inc. She semi-retired in 1996.

Jean O. Rainey was a Washington PR fixture for 48 years with trade associations, agencies and her own firm. A pioneering woman PR professional, she counseled the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs and the federal government on breaking the "glass ceiling" for women in top government positions. She is also a two-time winner of the Silver Anvil Award, the highest honor the national Society can give -- once for her work on behalf of Upjohn, and once for her work for the National Food Processors Association.

Member International Women's Forum, Public Relations Society of America (accredited, Hall of Fame 1999), American Women in Radio and television (president Washington chapter 1962-1963, member national board 1963-1965), American News Women's Club (president 1973-1975), City Tavern Club.

Authored the book How to Shop for Food which was published in 1972.

Outside of her professional life Jean was very active in other organizations. President, Hyde elementary school (Georgetown) 1969-1971. Co-Chairman National Advisory Committee for Reelection of President Nixon, 1972. Chairman, Board of Trustees, St. John's Preschool 1996-1999. Vice-chair 2003-2004.
President Sherwood Forest Endowment Fund, 1995-1997. Administrator A Few Good Women-Advancing the Cause of Women in Government, 1969-1974, 97-. Board of directors Westchester Corporation, 2001-2004. At St. John's church she was an integral part of the annual Green's Sale and House Tour which were very big undertakings.

Jean is survived by her children, John (Jack) Jr. and wife Suzanne, Cynthia and her husband Chris Kacher and by Ruth Shrum and her husband Joe and his daughter Colleen, and by her grandchildren, Megan Rainey Fulford and her husband Ben, Shannon Rainey and her fiancé Joe Cronin. Colin Rainey, Courtney Rainey and Kevin Rainey, John and Ben Kacher. Great grandchildren Grady and Madeline Fulford. Jean was predeceased by her sister Ruth and brothers Don and Frank.

Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of her life that will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church - Georgetown, 3420 O Street, NW, Washington DC 20007 on December 3, 2016 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. John's Episcopal Preschool, 3240 O St, NW, Washington, DC 20007. Or click https://stjohnspreschool.ejoinme.org/donation