Outstanding Alum Award 2014

Constance Pearson LeBaron '40

Thank you to everyone who joined us for an unforgettable event celebrating Constance Pearson LeBaron '40 on Friday, May 9. If you were unable to attend, here is the nomination letter submitting by her daughter Connie, which was also read at the luncheon:

"For 60 years now, I’ve been hearing the praises of Notre Dame de Sion. Now it is my turn to praise one of the most amazing women I know and a graduate of your excellent educational institution.

The years that Constance Pearson LeBaron (Class of 1940) spent at Notre Dame gave her the foundation and knowledge to lead an exceptional life. Her accomplishments span over 90 years. First and foremost, she is a faithful child of God, a living testament of her strong Catholic faith that has guided her in all aspects of her life. She is also an entrepreneur, an inventor, an author, a mathematician, an athlete, a mother of ten, and grandmother of twenty-two.

While at Notre Dame, she and her twin sister Catherine started a toy company called Twinson Company (see attached photo). Constance took over the company after Catherine married and she expanded the product line to include educational games, board games and fitness products. Profits from her hard work and creativity were generously donated to charity. The company is going strong today (twinsoncompany.com) and is run by one of her daughters.

Upon graduation from Notre Dame, Constance attended Marymount College and graduated with honors with degrees in Mathematics and Economics. She went to work as an engineer for McDonald Douglas, an aerospace manufacturer and defense contractor, during the war. There she was given many awards for design, promoted regularly, and honored for doing her part in the war effort.

She married David, the love of her life and a true war hero, and they moved to Northern California where together they raised 10 children (5 boys and 5 girls). They were active members of the parish church and school. They started prayer groups and food drives and raised funds for the new church. Because a religious education was a priority, all 10 children attended Catholic grammar and high schools; all went on to graduate from college, and 5 got advance degrees. All the while, Constance built her company, continued inventing, and writing articles and books. After almost 50 years of marriage, her husband died and was buried at Arlington Cemetery.

At 91, she lives independently in a retirement center where she is actively involved. She attends mass daily, is the photographer for the community magazine, takes classes (including French), teaches Bridge and organizes Bridge tournaments. She continues to invent new products and is computer savvy, using email and facebook to keep in touch with her friends and family. Every summer, she gathers her family (upwards of 40 now) for a family reunion in the mountains where she plays golf, swims, dances, enjoys long walks, and playing cards and games (some of which she invented). This is the best time of year for all involved. Her 10 children love and respect her; her grandchildren are in awe of her and she is their role model. As one grandchild put it, 'Grandma is everything I aspire to be'.

I hope you’ll consider my Mother for your outstanding alumnus this year."

 

 


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