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Passages: A Loss to the Community

January 28, 2010

Dear Colleagues,

It is with profound sadness that I write to inform you that Jane Templeton Bryson passed away yesterday, January 26, 2010. Jane was a Trustee from 1982 to 1986 and then a Life Trustee until her death.

Born in Montana, Jane attended Scripps College and graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in 1938. She served the community on a number of boards including the Herbert A. Templeton Foundation, Albina Youth Opportunity, Portland Symphony, Family Service Association of America, Family Counseling Service, Camp Fire Girls, and the Westminster Presbyterian Church. Jane was the founding Chairwoman of the Portland Symphony Women’s Association, and also served as a member of the acquisitions committee for the Portland Art Museum.

When she joined the Lewis & Clark Board of Trustees in 1982, Jane wrote that her involvement with the Herbert A. Templeton Foundation “continued to keep me in touch with the life of the whole community which I love. The reason I did this job? The belief that private voluntary responsibility to the total community is an absolute necessity in a democratic society. Our response to this personal mandate really stems from Christian teachings.”

Jane is survived by her three children—John, Ruth, and Susan and their families. A service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1624 NE Hancock Street, either February 5 or February 13 in the afternoon. I will provide further information when it becomes available.

We have lost a treasured friend.


Jane Monnig Atkinson
Interim President
Lewis & Clark