Jean Featherly Byrne grew up in West Orange, N.J. She attended public school there and graduated from West Orange High School. She received a bachelors degree from Bucknell University and a masters degree in education from New York University. After graduation from N.Y.U., she taught first and second grade in the West Orange school system for a few years. She and Brendan Byrne were married in 1953 and are parents of seven children. The marriage ended in 1993. Until her death in August 2015, Mrs. Byrne resided in Princeton, N.J.
Interview on January 30, 2013 – Transcript available here (pdf)