The beloved Jean Bartel, Miss America 1943, has passed away
It is with such great sadness, the Miss America Organization announces the passing of one of their most beloved Miss Americas, Miss America 1943 Jean Bartel. Jean passed away on Sunday evening and although, she has passed, she will live forever in our hearts.
The Miss America Organization so very proud and privileged to have Jean join them for their 90th anniversary celebration of the Miss America pageant in January and they will cherish those moments that they had to spend with her. From her participation in the events to her love and support of the program, Jean will always have a very special place in all of our hearts and the organization that she loved and served so well.
In 1943 Jean took the commitment of a “War-Time” Miss America to heart, she embarked on a Bond-selling tour that would result in her being honored by the United States Treasury Department as the individual who had sold the most Series E Bonds that year. Jean was instrumental in posing the idea that Miss America should be awarded a college scholarship which has remained the hallmark of the Miss America Organization.
After serving her year as Miss America, Jean’s remarkable talent enabled her to embark on a singing career, which included work on radio and television, two South American tours, the Middle East, Europe, Canada, and in every State of the Union but Maine. Ultimately, her dream became a reality when Jean became the first Miss America to star in a Broadway musical- “Of Thee I Sing”- opposite Jack Carson.
Over the years, Jean has continued to be a great supporter of The Miss America Organization. She was a remarkable Miss America and a dedicated individual – committed to their Organization and has forever touched our hearts. The Miss America Organization offer their condolences and prayers to Jean’s family, her friends and especially to her Miss America sisters who she treasured so dearly.