Arts advocate, ex-2nd lady Joan Mondale dies

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Former President Bill Clinton is describing Joan Mondale as wise and graceful.
   The wife of former Vice President Walter Mondale died Monday at age 83.
   In a statement, Clinton said he and his wife former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were saddened to hear of Mondale's passing and were honored by her and her husband's friendship for more than 35 years.
   Walter Mondale was named U.S. ambassador to Japan during Clinton's administration.
   Clinton said Joan Mondale was "graceful in her role as our nation's Second Lady as she was unwavering in her support of art and artists."
   He said she happily devoted her life to her family and public service. He said their hearts and prayers go out to their family.
   A service is scheduled for Saturday in Minneapolis.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Joan Mondale, who became a national arts advocate while her husband was vice president, has died.

Her family says she died Monday surrounded by relatives in Minnesota. She was 83.

Mondale was so passionate about the arts that she was nicknamed "Joan of Art." She herself was an avid potter when her husband Walter Mondale, then a Democratic U.S. senator from Minnesota, was elected Jimmy Carter's vice president in 1976.

Carter named Joan Mondale honorary chairwoman of the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities. She traveled frequently to museums, theaters and artists' studios on the administration's behalf, and lobbied Congress and the states for more spending on arts programs.

Carter said Monday that Joan Mondale was exemplary in using public service to advance the arts and other important issues.

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