Jane Lazarow Stetten

Stetten Jane Lazarow Stetten of Chevy Chase, MD, and Woods Hole, MA, passed away on August 6, 2003 at the age of 84 after a long and courageous battle with leukemia and other complications.

She was born Jane Sybil Klein at 12:30 PM on January 18, 1919 in Chicago, IL, to Philip Klein and Regina Niederman, both of Hungarian origin. After losing her father at an early age and suffering deprivations of the Great Depression, she received her B.S. in Physiology in 1939 from the University of Chicago and an M.S. in Library Science in 1969 from the University of Minnesota. She later did coursework towards a Ph.D. in Health Information Systems Analysis.

Jane enjoyed a long and productive professional career first as a biochemist (1939-1944) and later as a technical writer/editor in the fields of experimental diabetes and cytochemistry (1939-1974) and an information systems research analyst in the Minnesota Department of Health (1975-1984).

On December 15, 1940 she married Arnold Lazarow, a scientist and later medical school department chairman. She moved with him to Cleveland and later to St. Paul, Minnesota, where she played the role of department chairman’s wife with elegance and style and supported Arnold steadfastly in his career. They had two sons, Paul B. Lazarow, scientist and medical school department chairman, and Normand H. Lazarow, a physician/scientist specializing in cardiology and medical school assistant dean. Arnold passed away in 1975.

Jane fell in love a second time and on August 5, 1984, married DeWitt “Hans” Stetten Jr., the Scientific Director of the National Institutes of Health. She moved from Minnesota to Bethesda, MD, where she developed a new circle of friends and cared tenaciously for her ailing husband, who passed away in 1990. In his memory, Mrs. Stetten organized a scientific cruise to raise money for the DeWitt Stetten, Jr. Museum of Medical Research at the National Institutes of Health.

An avid opera, symphony, and theatergoer, Jane was also a long-time member of the Corporation of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. Jane considered Woods Hole and the Laboratory to be her spiritual home. She spent most summers of her adult life there and enjoyed a wide circle of intimate and devoted friendships that have persisted to this day. Jane was also a member of the EISTAPHOS (“Toward the Light”) Science Club in Washington, DC and served as Vice President from 1988 to1990. In addition, she was a member of Phi Beta Mu, the Library Honor Society, and in Who’s Who of American Women.

Jane leaves her two sons and two grandchildren, Alexandre and Matthieu, as well as four step-children and their children, who will always remember her and consider her a friend.

A memorial service will be held in the Meigs room of the Swope Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory on Saturday, August 30, at 4 PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be sent to the Jane Lazarow Stetten Fund at the Marine Biological Laboratory, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543.