Paul F. Jessup
Jessup, Paul F. age 82, died on September 12, 2021 in St. Paul, Minnesota of complications from Parkinson's Disease. He is survived by Anneke, his wife of 51 years, who was at his side when he passed; their children Christine Jessup (Joanna DeLucia) of Silver Spring, Maryland, and Paul Jessup (Lian Tan) of Zurich, Switzerland; four grandchildren, Paul, Amelia, Alexa and Ariel; his brother, Robert Jessup (Julia) and family; and many other relatives and close friends.
Paul was born in Evanston, Illinois on April 16, 1939, to Paul S. and Gertrude (Strohmaier) Jessup and was raised in Evanston and McHenry, Illinois. He graduated from Northwestern University and furthered his studies at Harvard, Oxford, and Northwestern Universities. He served as an economist on the U.S. House Banking Committee in 1963-64.
Paul was a faculty member at the University of Minnesota for 15 years, and more recently he was on the faculty of Hamline University for 20 years. His focus was on Financial Economics. He authored five books, co-authored one book and wrote many articles published in journals and magazines. Paul took pride in his work as an educator and he especially enjoyed developing and leading a Hamline seminar, "Winston Churchill: His Life and Times."
Paul served as treasurer of the St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral for 15 years and as a trustee of the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota for six years. He also served on several boards of directors, including the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and St. Anthony Park State Bank. He was president of the Midwest Finance Association in 1977-1978.
In spite of these achievements, Paul remained ever humble. He was proud of the accomplishments of his students and his family, and his humanity, calm demeanor, caring nature, and sense of humor prevailed through all his interactions.
Paul was a voracious reader with a keen interest in poetry and history. He enjoyed traveling, from his first journey abroad to study at Oxford to his most recent trip to visit his children and grandchildren in Singapore, and many destinations in between. He enjoyed classical music, appreciated nature, and took daily long walks in his neighborhood and local parks.
Paul was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2001. Although the disease led to his giving up teaching sooner than he had planned, with Anneke's dedicated care and support, he lived comfortably at home and remained active for many years following his diagnosis. He continued to enjoy music, traveling, walking, and spending time with friends and family, and his sense of humor remained.
A service will be held at 11:00am on December 29, 2021 at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, 519 Oak Grove St., Minneapolis, MN. Family and friends are invited to gather beginning at 10:00am. Masks are required and COVID-19 restrictions will be followed. Private interment at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral columbarium.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral (ourcathedral.org), the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (thespco.org/contribute/contribute-now/), or the Parkinson's Foundation (parkinson.org).
Published on October 10, 2021
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