Jean was born on March 14, 1941 to Imogene and Ruben Fechner, Sr. in Waco, Tex.  Dr. Tracy earned both her B.A. (1962) and Ph.D. (1971) from Texas Christian University, where she met her husband, Robert J. Tracy, and after graduating, they moved to Elmhurst where she has been a licensed clinical psychologist in Illinois since1981, and raised their two children, Kathryn and Cynthia.  She has been named a distinguished faculty member in 1972 at Elmhurst College, where she taught psychology as a professor. She was named an outstanding educator in 1993, by the students of Forrest Institute of Professional Psychology, where she was a clinical professor.  Dr. Tracy also practiced martial arts for over many years, during which she attained her 2nd Degree Black Belt.

Jean excelled at propping up her children, grandchildren, and many friends, supporting them through the many passions and difficulties of their lives. Whether that was singing out loud to everyone she met, making others laugh, or giving her shoulder to cry on, she made it her mission to improve the lives of others.

Jean was a passionate mother and clinical therapist who filled the world with her warmth and kindness. We will all miss her greatly.

If you had the honor of working with her and need to talk to someone for continued care, please email Dr. Amy Savage has been her identified transitional clinician and she will reach out to you for continued care.

Jean was predeceased by her daughter, Kathryn T. Salzano, and by two nephews, Michael Fechner and Stephen Tracy, Jr.  She is survived by her daughter Cindy Cooper, and grand-children, Stefan Salzano and wife, Karli, Sean Allen, Caterina Salzano, Ryan Allen, Juliana Salzano and Jacob Allen, sons-in-law Antonio Salzano and Lonnie Cooper, ex-husband and great friend Robert J. Tracy, a brother, Ruben F. Fechner, Jr. and wife Sandra, and nephews Ruben Fechner III, Melvin Fechner, Scott Tracy, Kenneth Tracy and niece Caroline Rukin and their many children, and by a brother-in-law, Stephen Tracy, Sr.

To honor Dr. Tracy’s abundant life, a celebration of her life will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 13, 2023 at the Founder’s Lounge inside the Frick Center at Elmhurst University. Anyone who knew her is invited to attend and remember her wonderful life. Attendees are asked to wear bright colors in celebration. Immediately following the services, all are welcome to attend a luncheon at Manny’s Ale House, 683 St Charles Rd, Elmhurst (formerly The Public House). May we always remember and honor her. Information provided by the family.


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