This is a photo of Jean Paton being presented by Don Humphrey and Joe Soll with a sealed “birth certificate” at the “Red Tape Ceremony” that took place at the 1989 AAC conference in New York. From left to right: Don Humphrey, the AAC’s legal adviser at the time; Nancy Horgan; Joe Soll, founder of AdoptionCrossroads; the ACC’s president Kate Burke, and, of course, Jean Paton. I am greatly indebted to Joe Soll, who identified the conference location, date, and all the folks in this photo.
I traveled to Harrison, AR during the summer and interviewed Jean Paton’s life companion, June Schwantes, who is 90 years old. During my visit I stumbled on many wonderful photographs of Jean and a few of June. I will be putting some of them up on this blog soon. This particular photo of Jean is undated. If anyone recognizes the CUB conference in the photo and can date it, I would greatly appreciate it if you could get in touch with me.