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Dr. Jane Netting Huff ’62

Dr. Jane Netting Huff ’62 passed away November 29, 2017, after a brief illness, with her husband and children by her side. Jane was a strong and passionate woman, beloved by many. Her skill as an educator brought people of diverse backgrounds together and the knowledge she shared opened minds.

Born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1939, Jane learned to love the natural world at a young age through the guidance of her father, M. Graham Netting. She went on to earn a PhD in Zoology from Michigan State. A life-long naturalist, conservationist, and teacher, Jane's beneficial impact on life was profound. She was instrumental in the creation of a certificate program of study in Natural History Field Studies at the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase. She taught Biology, Ecology, Zoology, and Animal Behavior to undergrad and graduate students. She showed children the biological wonders in the world under their feet or right by their side. She revealed the biodiversity surrounding us all and encouraged people to always take notice of the natural world their lives were part of. She taught dogs to talk, birds to sing, and horses to pay attention. She was a true liaison between people and animals, communicating with equal skill to all forms of life.

Jane is survived by her husband, Curtis E. Huff of Kensington, daughter, Lucy Metz (Scott) of Kensington, and son, Anthony (Dawn) of Palisade, CO, as well as five grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to World Wildlife Fund.