Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929-1994) – American Icon
Jackie Kennedy Onassis was the wife of John F. Kennedy, the 35TH President of the United States, during his presidency from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. Five years later, she married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. They remained married until his death in 1975. For the final two decades of her life, Jackie Onassis had a career as a book editor. She is remembered for her contributions to the arts and preservation of historic architecture, her style, elegance and grace, and as a fashion icon during the 1960s.
Onassis worked to preserve and protect America’s cultural heritage. While First Lady, she helped to stop the destruction of historic homes in Lafayette Square, because she felt these buildings were an important part of the nation’s capital and played an essential role in its history. Later, in New York City, she led an historic preservation campaign to save from demolition and renovate Grand Central Terminal. In the 1980s, she was a major figure in protests against a planned skyscraper at Columbus Circle which would have cast large shadows on Central Park.
After her death, Onassis’ very descriptive Will and Testament evenly distributed her money and estate to her two children, Caroline and John, to personal bequests, and the remainder of her estate to the C&J Foundation, a Charitable Lead Trust established in the Will and designed to last for 24 years, distributing to charities each year, until the end of its term, where the remaining assets will be passed on to a named beneficiary.
We honor Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis because her charitable and philanthropic work makes her a Legacy Champ. If you want to be a Legacy Champ in your own special way, then contact The Mendel Law Firm, L.P. for a free initial consultation on estate planning, trust planning, and/or probate issues.