KESHIAN, JANET GORMAN Janet Gorman Keshian of Anna Maria Island, Florida, and Branford, Connecticut, passed away on July 26, 2013 in Florida. Janet was born in Lynn, Massachusetts on January 19, 1930. She graduated from Rumson High School in New Jersey and studied at Douglass College of Rutgers University. Janet worked at the Sterling Memorial Library and the Divinity School Library of Yale University where she took an active role in organizing clerical and technical employees recognized as Local 34 of the Federation of University Employees by the National Labor Relations Board. The negotiation of their first labor contract with Yale attracted national attention as a milestone in the history of the U.S. labor movement. She was a forceful advocate for social justice and progressive political causes and over four decades worked on presidential, congressional, and local political campaigns. Janet is survived by Harry C. Keshian, her husband of 23 years; her five children-J. Peter Gergen and wife Jamie; Mark P. Gergen and wife Susan Whitman; James A. Gergen and wife Leslie; Michael J. Gergen and wife Cristina Ferreira; Constance Gergen Lowe and husband Jay; her 12 grandchildren--Emily, Benjamin, Alexander, Paula, Sara, Daniel, Madeline, Jane, Jonathan, Anne, Matthew, and John; her great grandson Logan, and other members of an extended family that gave her great happiness. The family will host a website in Janet's name to tell her story. A celebratory memorial service will be held at Bean's Point on Anna Maria Island in the Fall. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the League of Women Voters Education Fund (http://www.lwv.org/education-fund).
Published in The New Haven Register on Aug. 4, 2013