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Lois Jean West, American commmunity and public relations executive.


West, Lois Jean was born on June 16, 1939 in Forest City, Iowa, United States. Daughter of Paul Wesley and Sylvia Hall (Bernice) Kuns.


Bachelor of Science, Mankato (Minnesota) State University, 1976. Master of Public Administration, Harvard University, 1986.


News editor, Albert Lea (Minnesota) Tribune, 1973-1978; press assistant to the United States Senator Dave Durenberger,, Minneapolis, 1978-1979; newswriter, editor, Associated Press, Minneapolis, 1980-1981; director campaign committee, Paul Overgard for Governor, Bloomington, Minnesota, 1982; director campaign committee, Cal Ludeman for Governor, Bloomington, 1986; director state committee, Indiana Representatives Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1983-1985; press secretary Senator Dave Durenberger,, United States Senate, Washington, 1987-1989, 90; director national committee, Prison Fellowship, Reston, Virginia, 1989-1991; director community public relations, Ecolab Inc., St. Paul, since 1991.


  • Other Work

    • Editor Centering, 1990. Contributor poems and articles to various publications.


Board of directors Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, St. Paul, 1981-1985, chairman hazardous waste committee, 1983-1984. Member Executive Committee Justice Fellowship United States of America, Washington, 1991-1992. Board directors Nepal Social Svc.

Agency, Clarks Grove, Minnesota, since 1992, Union Gospel Mission, St. Paul, since 1992, Minnesota State Arts Board, since 1994, Tentmakers, since 1994. President, Chairman of the Board St. Paul Cultural District, since 1995. Commissioner St. Paul Civic Center Authority, since 1995.

Chair communications committee National Chemical Speciality Manufacturing Association, 1995-1997. Chair ECOPAC, since 1996. Member St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce (vice chair public affairs 1995-1996).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: alpine skiing, photography, bridge.


Married Gordon C. West, August 31, 1959 (deceased February 1983). Children: Tracy G., Brady P., Ryan J.

Paul Wesley Kuns

Sylvia Hall (Bernice) Kuns

Gordon C. West

Brady P. West

Ryan J. West

Tracy G. West