Last month, my old Piscataway neighbor passed away. Jane Raven Orttung was the daughter of Henry Raven, a well known explorer. Their lives were in part depicted in the fictional account, Jennie, by Robert Preston, which was reviewed New York Times some years ago. Dr. Orttung herself was a researcher at the Alexander Library of Rutgers University, and was one of the few people who could legally travel to Cuba for research purposes. She was a lovely neighbor, and her extraordinary children were good friends during my childhood. For over twenty years she had a wonderful partner, who is a great man. I wish them all peace in this difficult time.