Remembering Jean Guy

In place of today’s Throwback Thursday post, we remember a friend of Basin Electric who died July 5 in Fargo.

Jean Guy was North Dakota’s first lady from 1960-1972. Her husband, Former Gov. William Guy, died in April.

Jean and Bill Guy

Jean and Bill Guy at the 1998 Basin Electric Annual Meeting.

Bill Guy was employed at Basin Electric from 1979-1985, and sat on the Dakota Gasification Company board of directors from 1988-2000.

Jean and Bill Guy

Bill and Jean Guy with U.S. President John F. Kennedy (far left) in 1963. Photo courtesy: ND State Historical Society.

According to Jean Guy’s obituary, “Her exceptional memory for names and her wide interests in public policy made her a valuable partner in political campaigns and state government work. She was chair of the first Capitol Grounds Beautification Committee. From its inception in 1968, she served first as chair and then as secretary of the Kennedy Memorial Center Foundation in Bismarck, which oversees the property rented to the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party headquarters.”

Jean Guy

Jean Guy was the featured speaker at the Women’s Breakfast during Basin Electric’s 1984 Annual Meeting.


  1. Deborah Levchak says:

    I attended Jean Guy’s memorial service in Bismarck . She was a very gracious and intelligent lady. Governor Guy was lucky to have her as his partner of 70 years.

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