Joan Adams Mondale (born August 8, 1930) is the wife of Walter Mondale, 42nd Vice President of the United States, Presidential candidate, and later U.S. ambassador to Japan. She has always been a high-profile advocate for the arts, affectionately dubbed 'Joan of Art'.
Joan Adams was born in Eugene, Oregon, one of three daughters of the Rev. John Maxwell Adams, a Presbyterian minister, and his wife, the former Eleanor Jane Hall. She attended Media Friends School, an integrated Quaker school in Media, Pennsylvania, a public school in Columbus, Ohio, and later St. Paul Academy and Summit School in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1952, she graduated from Macalester College, St. Paul, where her father was chaplain. After graduation, she worked at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
Joan married Minneapolis lawyer Walter "Fritz" Mondale on December 27, 1955, following a blind date, set up by one of Walter's law-school classmates.
The couple had three children:
Minnesota politician, ex-Senator and candidate for State Governor
High-profile television and radio personality, died of brain-cancer at 51
Assistant Attorney General for the State of Minnesota, 1990–2000