Jean Heard, musician and former first lady of Vanderbilt University, dies

Jean Heard

Chancellor and Mrs. Alexander Heard
with Mayor Beverly Briley, 1963.
Vanderbilt University Special Collections

Jean Keller Heard, widow of former Vanderbilt University Chancellor Alexander Heard and a social, musical and civic presence in Nashville for more than four decades, died Jan. 2. She was 86. A memorial service was held on January 8 at Benton Chapel. Jean Heard was a tireless supporter of the library and in 1983 the University Board of Trust forever memorialized the dedication of the Heards by naming the entire Vanderbilt library system The Jean and Alexander Heard library.

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