In Memory: Jane Raven Orttung

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.

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