By; Joe Holley Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, August 3, 2008
Jane Kromer Kean
Jane Kromer Kean, 94, a longtime District resident who worked as the financial and
administrative officer for the Episcopal Center for Children, died July 18 of pneumonia at
her home in Bethesda.
Mrs. Kean, whose father was an Army officer, was born at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., but
returned to Washington as a child. After graduating from Western High School (1931),
she attended the University of Arizona, where she was on the tennis and swimming teams
and studied set design. Her father, Gen. Leon B. Kromer, by then chief of cavalry at Fort
Myer, needed a hostess because her mother was away caring for a sick child. So she
dropped out of school and came home to stand in for her mother at numerous Fort Myer
She was a noted horsewoman in the 1930s.
After her marriage in 1939 to Charles Duell Kean, an Episcopal priest, she lived in New
York, Springfield, Mass., and Kirkwood, Mo. She moved to Washington in 1954, when the
Rev. Kean became rector of the Church of the Epiphany. In 1963, he had a heart attack
and died in the church's parking lot. Mrs. Kean continued as a member of Epiphany until
She also continued her involvement with the Episcopal Center for Children, a five-day
residential program for emotionally disturbed children. She worked at the center from
1958 until her retirement in 1982 and then served as a volunteer. More recently, she
sorted toiletries that are distributed to the homeless on behalf of the Downtown Cluster of
Survivors include three children, Jane Annesley 'Anne' Kean Schmidt of Bethesda,
William Lybrand Kean of Merritt Island, Fla., and Mary Louise Kean of Irvine, Calif.; five
grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.