October 27, 1931 – December 23, 2021
Jane grew up in West Englewood, New Jersey, a New York suburban community. Although a growing suburb, the town was not overdeveloped, and they had open fields and woods to explore. Jane had a younger sister, Laura Ann, and they enjoyed spending time with friends throughout the neighborhood and walking to their local schools.
Jane attended college at New Jersey College for Women (now Douglass College), a small liberal arts college under the umbrella of Rutgers University. She majored in English literature and after graduation worked for two years in New York for a large insurance company in a two-person human relations department until she married Lenox Cooper and moved to Boston. A move to Charlottesville, Virginia followed where Jane worked in a traditional child guidance clinic, something that sparked her interest in mental health and eventually led to a long career as a clinical social worker-psychotherapist.
After a stint in Seattle, Jane moved to Washington D.C., where she spent two years at the Catholic University School of Social Service and was hired by a group of psychiatrists to work with them in private practice and in a psychiatric day hospital. For 35 years, Jane provided support and care in the form of individual, group, couples, and family therapy.
In 1973, Jane and Len divorced, and Jane married Robert Lincoln, a psychiatrist, with two sons, Michael and Stephen. Michael is a cardiologist in the Washington D.C. area, Steve is a retired cardiac surgeon, living in Jacksonville, FL. Both are married and have three and four daughters, respectively. Jane played a meaningful and influential role in all seven granddaughter’s lives, spending time cultivating a relationship with each of them and always being available as a shoulder to lean on, even on the other end of the phone.
Bob and Jane lived in Chevy Chase, then Potomac for almost 30 years, where they had a large property with light and space to grow flowers and vegetables. Bob died in 2009 and three years later, Jane moved to Ingleside. Jane delighted in her time in the warm, stimulating community Ingleside provided, and enjoyed spending evenings with friends, volunteering at Sibley hospital, and participating in the community events.
Throughout her life, Jane embodied the characteristics of a successful social worker: patience, care, organization, communication, and most of all empathy. Jane will be deeply missed by her community at Ingleside, her wide network of friends, her sister, Laura Ann, and her family.
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