Jean Redfield Talbott, 54, an associate agent with the Everett A. Demarest Insurance agency, died Thursday at her home in Arlington after suffering a heart attack.
Miss Talbott was stricken with polio in 1948 while she was employed in the public relations department of American Airlines. Almost completely paralyzed, she spent six months in an iron lung and then was hospitalized until her release for the Christmas holidays in 1951.
She studied selling and insurance by a correspondence course, and had worked with the Demarest agency since 1951. She worked from her home, where she had a desk built onto her specially equipped wheelchair. Tr for ad one.
About seven years ago, Miss Talbott helped organize more than 150 women for a "continuing" bridge tournament to benefit the Arlington Hospital building fund. The tournament played during the winter months, is still going on.
She also helped organize transportation for handicapped members of Falls Church Presbyterian Church.
Miss Talbott was born in Washington. She graduated from Western High School and in 1945 earned a bachelor's degree with honors from Hollins College in Virginia.
Survivors include her father, Phillip N. Talbott, of the home. Tr for ad two.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Jean R. Talbott Memorial Fund at Arlington Hospital.