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Jane Dunlap Highsaw died at the age of 96 in Chevy Chase, Maryland of congestive heart failure. She was a lifelong summer resident on the Old MIssion Peninsula. Born and raised in Jacksonville, Illinois, she excelled in debate in high school, competing in state and national tournaments, winning three state championships in extemporaneous speaking. She graduated with honors from Oberlin College in Ohio and earned a Master's in public administration from the University of Minnesota. Jane arrrived in Washington, D.C. in 1942 as an intern at the Bureau of the Budget, shortly thereafter being hired there in a professional capacity. She spent a year in London during WWII with the Bureau supporting the war effort. Returning to Washington, D.C. she worked with the Bureau of United Nations Affairs in the State Department. In 1945 she married attorney James L. Highsaw. While raising three children, she began teaching American government and political science at the college level in 1958 , retiring in 1983 as Chair of the Political Science Department of Mount Vernon College in Washington, D.C. In addition she was active in national and local chapters of the American Political Science Association, the Public Administrators Society, the League of Women Voters, and for twelve years was a member of the Oberlin College Board of Trustees.
A special interest of her later years has been the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy in her beloved northern Michigan. Predeceased in 1992 by her husband of 47 years, James L. Highsaw, Jane is survived by her three children: Rhoda Highsaw Bush, Frederick, MD; James L. Highsaw, Catonsville, MD; Carol Anne Highsaw, Chevy Chase, MD; and two grandchildren. In lieu of flowers donations may be made
to The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy in Traverse City, MI (www.gtrlc.org) or Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio (www.oberlin.edu).
Published on January 19, 2018
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