-- Matt Schudel, Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Jean Thompson Ferguson, 94, a longtime member of the Woman's Club of Chevy
Chase who was an active outdoorswoman for much of her life, died June 15, 2009 of
congestive heart failure at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She moved to McLean this year after
living in Chevy Chase for more than 60 years.
Mrs. Ferguson was a native Washingtonian whose family owned Thompson's Dairy,
which operated from 1881 to 1971. She grew up in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of
the District and was a 1933 graduate of the old Central High School, where she was
captain of the rifle team. She graduated from Cornell University in 1937 and was a
member of the Delta Gamma sorority.
She was a skilled canoeist and was a member of the Canoe Cruisers Association of
Greater Washington. She was a crack shot with a rifle and a pistol into her 90s.
In addition to the Woman's Club of Chevy Chase, Mrs. Ferguson was a member of the
Daughters of the American Revolution and Chevy Chase United Methodist Church. She
held season tickets to the Washington National Opera, collected Steuben glass and
traveled frequently in Europe.
Her husband of 38 years, Jasper N. "Jack" Ferguson, died in 1978.
Survivors include two sons, John Leland Ferguson of Potomac and William Scott
Ferguson of Lincoln, Va.; three grandsons; and five great-grandchildren.