Bob and Jean Mullen of Medford, formerly longtime Ashland residents, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary and Jean Mullen's 90th birthday March 25, 2015, at their home.
Friends and family gathered at the Mullen home for a buffet catered by Paisans of Medford in an open house reception hosted by their children, Laura Schmid of Danville, Calif., Jim and Tanya Mullen of Paradise, Calif.; Janise Jackson and Bill Harrington of Medford. About 35 people attended the celebration.
Bob Mullen married Laura Jean Cutchin March 25, 1945, in Dyersburg, Tenn. They have three children, seven grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
They moved to the Rogue Valley in 1980 from the San Francisco Bay Area. Bob Mullen had retired from the Richmond School District, where he worked as the administrator of special projects developing creative classes for students. He developed and hosted a TV show on education channel KQED called "The Job Ahead." In Oregon, Bob developed four housing projects in Chiloquin and Keno.
Jean was a member of Beta Sigma Phi when she lived in the Bay Area. She was a member of Children's Home Society, Goldilocks Chapter, serving as president. The organization helped families legally adopt children. She was also active in American Field Service and interviewed families who sought to host foreign exchange students. She was an oil painter and belonged to the El Cerritto and El Sobrante Art Guild, and began china painting when she moved to Ashland.
The Mullens have traveled across the United States and Europe, and they stay in touch with the friends they have made while traveling.