Jean Davidson Brayton

Honored by:Stanley V. Davidson
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Jean A. Davidson Brayton has deep Iowa State roots. She was born in Sibley, Iowa, to parents Helen and Stanley Davidson, who had met at Iowa State College. The three of them returned to Ames when Jean was just a little over a year old where her father took a position with the Iowa State Extension Service. After graduating from Ames High School, she attended ISU and graduated with a bachelor's degree in textiles & clothing design in 1968. She then worked a year at Marshall Fields in Chicago and lived with two Iowa State sorority sisters.

In 1969, she returned to Ames and married Paul Harris. They lived in ISU's Pammel Court until he finished his degree in 1971. They lived and worked in Sioux City, Iowa; Minot, North Dakota; Des Moines, Iowa; Topeka, Kansas; and Racine, Wisconsin before returning to Nevada, Iowa. In 1976, Jean married John Brayton (Iowa State College 1954) and returned to Ames and has been enjoying the opportunities offered by her home community.

Jean began working for the College of Home Economics Placement Office in 1977, publishing a list of job opportunities, scheduling on-campus recruiters, and helping college students and alumni with their career searches. Since 1977, both the college and the office have changed names to College of Family & Consumer Sciences Career Services. Working with people keeps the job interesting for her. Jean has been active as an alum member of Delta Delta Delta, serving on the Corporation Board and held several offices in the Ames alum group.