Jean Marmoreo is a doctor, writer, athlete, advocate and adventurer.
Jean is a family physician and a partner in Bedford Family Practice, a Toronto clinic of 6 doctors serving 10,000 patients.
She is a Fellow of the Canadian College of Family Physicians; is affiliated with Women's College Hospital; and is a Lecturer in the Family Practice Department of the University of Toronto School of Medicine. In addition, she provides expert opinion on cases that come before the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Graduating in 1964 from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario with a degree in nursing, Jean became Head Nurse at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry in Toronto, the predecessor to CAMH, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She then decided to pursue a career in medicine and in 1974 graduated with the highest marks in her class in clinical practice from the University of Toronto School of Medicine, the largest medical school in North America.
A specialist in mid-life medicine and end-of-life issues, Jean was for years a regular columnist for the Globe and Mail and the National Post. The popularity of her columns led to her writing a book, The New Middle Ages: Women in Midlife which was published in 2002 by Prentice Hall. Today, she writes regularly for both the Globe and Mail and for Zoomer Online. Her first piece in her Zoomer series, “This is what 70 looks like”, won a Silver Award in the 2014 National Magazine Awards. . In the Fall of 2021, Penguin Random House will publish a book by Jean and co-author Johanna Schneller titled The Year of Dying Dangerously, about the start of MAiD – Medical Assistance in Death – in Canada.
In addition, Jean is frequently called on to speak to women, either as a media commentator or directly to women’s audiences. In 2005, Jean was chosen as one of the “100 Most Powerful Women in Canada.”
As a runner, she founded JeansMarines, the midlife women’s marathon group that between 2002 and 2009 took hundreds of mid-life women off the couch to train for the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. She has also placed first in her age group among women running the Chicago Marathon, the Ottawa Marathon, and twice the Marine Corps Marathon. In 2013 Jean also set a new Canadian record in the Age 70-74 category at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. This year, she placed first in her even newer age category of Women 76-80 at the Boston Marathon and is ranked #1 in her age group in the new World Marathon Majors.
But it has been in the storied Boston Marathon that Jean Marmoreo has broken records. In each of 2009, 2010 and 2011 she placed first among women between the ages of 65 and 69, a feat no woman has ever accomplished at the Boston Marathon. In 2012, she ran the Berlin Marathon, placing first in her new age category of women 70 to 74, and finishing nearly 20 minutes faster than her closest rival. In 2013, she ran the Boston Marathon again, this time finishing first in her new age category of 70-74, a feat she repeated in the 2014 and 2015 Boston Marathons. Her 2013 time set a course record for her age group that still stands.
Jean is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and has hiked 1,000 miles of the Appalachian Trail. She has also undertaken numerous treks in New Zealand, Australia, Spitsbergen, Patagonia, Bhutan, Tanzania, and to the Base Camp of Mt. Everest, and this year she circumnavigated Manhattan by kayak.
Jean is married to Toronto communications consultant Bob Ramsay (www.ramsayinc.com) and has three children: Lara, Jean Paul and Ryan, and two grandchildren, Riley and Wyatt.