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Jack & Jean D. Wilson Fund

Jean D. Wilson passed away on January 18, 2018. The Jack & Jean D. Wilson Fund was established by the family to make recommendations for grants to various charitable organizations serving the greater Lehigh Valley.

Gifts to the Fund can be made by submitting a check, payable to the Jack & Jean D. Wilson Fund, to the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, 840 West Hamilton Street, Suite 310, Allentown, PA 18101.  Gifts can also be made via credit card by clicking the PayPal 'Donate' button below.  A PayPal account is not required to make an online gift to the Fund.

About Jean D. Wilson

Jean Ann DeVoe Wilson, 87, of Mertztown, passed away on Thursday, January 18, 2018 in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. Born in Corning, New York, Jean was the only child of the late John DeVoe and Mabel (O'Dell) DeVoe. She was a graduate of Corning Free Academy, Corning ,NY, where she was an outstanding athlete. Jean was the New York State leading high school basketball scorer for two consecutive years, and a part of the State Championship team. Jean was also a great dancer, and met her future husband, John D. "Jack" Wilson also from Corning, and a Yale graduate, at local a dance. The couple married on December 5, 1953 in a rectory of an Episcopalian church in Corning, NY. Early in Jean's career, she worked at Corning Glass Works, nearby her home. She was also a Y.M.C.A swimming coordinator for many years in the mid 1960's. In 1961, Jack and Jean purchased a 100 acre farm in Mertztown, after having leased a farm in East Texas for three years.

She helped her husband in the founding of the company ABEC INC., starting it at their farm in Mertztown, PA, in 1974. ABEC INC is an international award winning biotech manufacturing and services company, with 600 plus employees, headquartered in Bethlehem, PA. Her husband, Jack, Founder and Chairman, was inducted into the Lehigh Valley Business Hall of Fame in 2014. Jean worked alongside of Jack and was actively involved in the company. Jean served as the company's secretary and office manager for many years. Jean was a very generous woman with her time and money. She loved working with rescue dogs and supporting the Animal Rescue League of Reading. She also donated to various veteran's charities and organizations, the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation and Meals on Wheels Association of America. She served as the Executive Producer on a Sundance film entitled "The Painting Race Horse" - The Documentary. Jean loved to Dance was a good at it! She also loved geese and deer and didn't want anyone to hunt them.

Jean is survived by her husband of 64 years, Jack; her children, Terri Ann Wilson, and her husband, Gary, Mesa, AZ, Steve DeVoe Wilson, and his wife, Shawnee, of Kutztown, PA, Julie Lynn Wilson, and her husband, David, of Stroudsburg, PA, Paula Jean Wilson, of Mertztown, PA, and Susan Lee Wilson, and her husband, Thad, Austin, TX; her five grandchildren, Nicole, Tala, Renee, Issac and Nathaniel; and her cousin, Sherrill Johnston, and her husband, Mike and their sons, Chris and Scott. She will also be sorely missed by her Jack Russell, Max, short for Machu.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in Jean's memory to The Lehigh Valley Foundation, c/o Jack and Jean Wilson Fund, 840 West Hamilton Street, Suite 310, Allentown, PA 18101 or online at or Wild Lands Conservancy, 3701 Orchid Place, Emmaus, PA 18049 or online at Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown, is in charge of arrangements. Memories and  condolences may be shared at


About Jack Wilson

Jack Wilson is founder and Chairman of the board at ABEC,  the premier global supplier of custom, integrated process solutions for manufacturing in the life sciences industry. He started his career in the Life Science industry as President of Fermentation Design.
He founded ABEC in 1974 to produce commercial scale fermentation and bioprocess equipment. In the early 1970s, he designed the first commercial computer controlled fermenter in the world which is still in operation today at the Institute for Protein Synthesis in Moscow. Jack later designed and built a production facility for TPA, a surgical anticlotting factor that became the world's first commercially successful mammalian cell produced product.
Jack holds three patents in the control and instrumentation field and has authored several papers and textbook chapters. He often states, "In this industry, staying ahead is what creates and maintains your value as a company. It's also what keeps it interesting."

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