Jeanne Rolfe Ferst, one of the pioneers of the Georgia Republican Party has died. She was 91. Mrs. Ferst served the community in a variety of ways. She sat on the advisory board of the Robert Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech (named in honor of her late husband) and was named an Honorary Alumnus of the Institute. Her other civic activities included:
She was a member of the President’s Panel on South Asian Relief Assistance, the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid with the Agency for International Development within the U.S. State Department and the President’s Commission on Hostage Compensation.
Jeanne chaired the Fulton County Economic Development Advisory Board and was a member of the board of the Fulton County Economic Development Corporation and the Southern Center for International Studies.
A retired real estate broker, Jeanne serves on the Georgia Higher Education Savings Plan board of directors, the Kennedy Center’s National Committee for the Performing Arts, the Commission on Presidential Scholars and the Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission.
Her involvement in the Georgia GOP helped propel the party to majority status.
In the 1950s, the Republican stalwart helped build the Georgia Republican Party. In her later years, Mrs. Ferst remained devoted to the GOP as a fundraiser and sounding board for the likes of Newt Gingrich, the former Georgia congressman who became Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives in the late 1990s.
Mr. Gingrich and other notable Republicans will serve as pallbearers for the funeral of Jeanne Rolfe Ferst, 91. She died of natural causes on Thursday at her Atlanta home. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. today in the Spring Hill Chapel of H.M. Patterson & Son, which is handling arrangements.
Our condolences to Mrs. Ferst’s family and friends.