- Associated Press - Monday, February 3, 2014

Politicians praised and remembered Joan Mondale, who died Monday at age 83. Mondale was known as “Joan of Art” for her advocacy for the arts while her husband Walter was vice president and a U.S. ambassador.


“In an era when most political wives remained in the background, Joan Mondale stood right by her husband’s side. Together, she and Vice President Mondale forged a path, which took them from the State Capitol, where he served as Attorney General; to the United States Capitol, where he was a U.S. Senator; to the White House, as Vice President; and to Tokyo, as U.S. Ambassador to Japan. During those years, Joan Mondale made her own mark on life in our state and our country. An accomplished potter, she was a champion for the arts, both in Minnesota and in Washington.” - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton.


“The arts have known few greater champions than Joan Mondale. She was a gifted artist and leading voice for the importance of cultural enrichment in American life. Her devotion to the arts was exceeded only by her devotion to her husband, Vice President Walter Mondale. Across more than four decades in public life, Walter and Joan’s dedication to each other and to the nation they served never dimmed.” - U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., leader of House Democrats.


“With the death of Joan Mondale, the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party lost a friend and the arts community a passionate advocate. Joan will be remembered for her service and dedication to our state and country. From Minnesota to Washington D.C. to Japan and back, Joan was a true partner with former Vice President Walter Mondale. Joan left a great legacy in the Arts community, from creating her beautiful pottery to serving on the boards of the Minnesota Orchestra, Walker Art Center, Macalester College and the National Portrait Gallery.” - State DFL Chairman Ken Martin.


“Joan Mondale embodied the best in all of us. Her tireless advocacy for the arts and for bettering the lives of Minnesotans and all Americans was truly inspirational. I join the nation in mourning her loss.” - U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn.

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