Jean L. Ambrose, 83, retired assistant vice president for faculty affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, passed away on September 19, 2016, at the Center for Hope Hospice, Scotch Plains.
A memorial service may be held on the Douglass Campus at a later date.
Ambrose became assistant to the dean of Douglass College in 1973 and spent the rest of her working life at Rutgers, later serving as assistant dean at the then College of Nursing in Newark, associate dean of the Graduate School, Rutgers University–Newark, and, in 1986, assistant vice president for faculty affairs, retiring in 2002.
Born in Jamaica, N.Y., Ambrose graduated from New Jersey College for Women (now Douglass Residential College) in 1954; Teachers College, Columbia University, in 1955, and Rutgers Law School in 1981. She was a member of the New Jersey Bar.
She was active in the early second wave feminist movement in New Jersey, serving as chair of the Education Task Force, New Jersey chapter, National Organization for Women.
Ambrose also exposed the differential in funding of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts by the United Way of Union County. She was a consultant to the New Jersey Education Association and the Office of Equal Opportunity in the New Jersey State Department of Education. She taught at high schools in North Bellmore, Long Island, and Needham, Mass., and at Union County College.
At Rutgers, she served as co-chair of the Women's Caucus in the late 1970s. A master gardener of Middlesex County, she attended classes at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers for many years in pursuit of her interests in various aspects of horticulture. She was appointed to the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission and the Shade Tree Commission, both in Franklin Township.
She is survived by her children, Carolyn and her husband, Andre Gittens; Christopher and his wife, Deborah; Peter and Veronica; a brother, Peter, and sister-in-law, Judy; and two granddaughters.