8/1/1923 - 11/23/2012
Jeanne Comer was the founder of the Dayton chapter of the Friendship Force, an international non-profit cultural organization working to promote world peace by creating friendships between individuals throughout the world. She has organized and led over 15 international goodwill exchanges. One trip was to Moscow in 1982, when the group was stalked by the KBG and had their hotel rooms bugged: subsequent trips to former Soviet Union countries have been under friendlier conditions. Jeanne Comer has made a number of trips to Bosnia with her group, and helped pave the way for the Sister City relationship Dayton enjoys with Sarajevo. She was the first recipient of the Rosalynn Carter/Friendship Force Lifetime Achievement Award, established to honor a volunteer who displays a commitment to the ideals and programs of the Friendship Force.