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Digital Branch of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Oral History Program

Jane Williams

Jane Williams Jane Norris Williams was born in Dayton, Ohio on November 6, 1914. She received a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree from Otterbein College (Ohio) in 1938, followed by a master's degree in biology at the University of New Mexico. She moved to Alaska in 1949 with her husband Homer “Red” Williams. Together they homesteaded in Central, Alaska. After teaching in the villages of Fort Yukon and Cantwell for several winters, Jane and Red relocated the family to Fairbanks. Jane taught biology at Lathrop High School, served as the director for the Fairbanks North Star Borough science department and headed the educational television department, and from 1967 until 1974 she worked with media services and the archival film library at Elmer E. Rasmuson Library at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. While at Lathrop High School, Jane was recognized as the Alaska Biology Teacher of the Year. Jane's special interests included work with the Circle District Historical Society, the Central Museum, the Wickersham House at Pioneer Park, the Alaska Conservation Society, the Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, the Fairbanks Community Food Bank and the development of youth hostels in Alaska. She was a founding member of the Fairbanks Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and was a key player in getting Creamer's Field protected as a refuge. Jane was an adventurer who loved camping and road trips, but who also always had beautiful flower and vegetable gardens at her home. Jane passed away on August 24, 2013, at the age of 98. For more about Jane Williams, see her obituary in the Fairbanks Daily News Miner newspaper.
Date of Birth:
Nov 6, 1914
Date of Death:
Aug 24, 2013
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