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Jane Hand Bonthron ’43

An English major, proud Navy veteran and devoted volunteer who also enjoyed playing bridge and golf, Jane died Dec. 15, 2018.

“My mother loved Swarthmore and was an ardent supporter of the College,” daughter Susan Jane Bonthron ’70 wrote in a tribute. “When she graduated as an English major in 1943, she had no definite career plans but knew she didn’t want to end up at Katy Gibbs as a secretary, so she marched right down to the enlistment office in Philadelphia and signed up for Naval Officers Training School. When asked if she would sign up as a seaman if she wasn’t accepted in officers training, she announced, ‘No, that would be a waste of my education!’ She later wondered how she had the audacity to answer this way.”

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