Jean Sharf, a Philadelphian by birth, and a Bostonian by marriage, graduated from Simmons University with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She obtained her master's degree in the same field at Boston College.
Jean's husband Fred passed away in November of 2017, leaving behind an impressive philanthropic legacy of his own. In addition to his wife, Fred is survived by a daughter, Lisa Sharf Green; a son-in-law, Eric Green; and two grandchildren, Parker Green and Bennett Green of New York City. Jean and Lisa are both cancer survivors.
Jean became interested in Dana-Farber more than 30 years ago when her mother was diagnosed with cancer. She came from Philadelphia periodically to consult with Dr. David Livingston. He impressed the Sharfs with his very thoughtful and helpful assistance.
In 1992, Jean and Fred established a research fund at Dana-Farber in memory of Jean's mother and Jean became a Trustee. She continues to serve on Board committees and provides financial support. Jean stays very active in Palm Beach on the committee for all the Palm Beach events as well as serving as co-chair or chair of several of the events over the past 18 years.
Before Fred's passing, the Sharfs were serious art collectors. They donated thousands of pieces of artwork to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Fred served as a Trustee of the museum, and Jean served as an Overseer. For more than ten years the Sharfs organized exhibitions of original fashion art at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dana-Farber, and Boston Children's Hospital.
Jean resides in Brookline, Massachusetts, New York City, and Palm Beach, Florida. Jean is a Trustee of the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach; and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. Wherever she lives, she gets involved.