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JANE HOLTZ KAY

KAY, Jane Holtz 74, of Boston, sister, mother, and friend, lost her long struggle against Alzheimer's Disease on Sunday, November 4. She battled to remain her own vibrant self, but Alzheimer's makes no allowance for the smart, funny and talented soul that she was. Jane was a journalist, author, architecture critic and committed preservationist. Born in Boston in 1938, she was a magna cum laude graduate of Radcliffe College. She began her journalism career at the Quincy Patriot Ledger. She was architecture critic for the Boston Globe for several years and planning and architecture critic for The Nation for three decades. In her seminal book, "Lost Boston", she chronicled and lamented the buildings that had been taken down by the bulldozers and pleaded for those that remained in the city that she loved and made her home. As author of "Asphalt Nation" she made her reputation as a committed urbanist, advocating for the policies that enhance the city experience: fewer cars, more and better mass transit, urban planning that encouraged walking and wiser highway development. She leaves two daughters, Julie Kay of Brooklyn and Jacqueline Cessou of Paris, France; a sister, Ellen Goodman of Brookline and four grandchildren, June Kay Fergus and Fiona Fergus Kay, Thomas and David Cessou. Her life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Bigelow Chapel in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Contributions in her memory may be made to WalkBoston, Old City Hall, 45 School Street, Boston, MA 02108

Published in The Boston Globe on Nov. 6, 2012
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