Nancy Jane Fawthrop|
Nancy Jane (Nan) Fawthrop passed away Monday, September
2 after a short illness with cancer. She died at home attended by family members and close friends. She was 62 years old.
She was the third child of Harold and Jane Fawthrop. Raised on Capitol Hill, Nan attended St. Joseph grade school and Holy Names Academy High School (class of '69).
She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington. She had a diverse career first in teaching and then in archival studies after earning a graduate degree from Western Washington University.
In the late 80's Nan cultivated an interest in organizational development which took her to Washington, DC to earn her MS/OD from American University.
She interned at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland and returned to Seattle in 1992. The balance of her career was with Group Health Cooperative, IDX Systems, Children's Hospital, Swedish Health Services and Group Health again through April 2013.
Travel was an interest and Nan's first major trip was to Australia in the 70's. Hiking in New Zealand she met a crew of Americans and joined them to sail the Pacific. She rejoined the crew a year later for a trip that included South Africa, while still under apartheid, and crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Florida.
In 1988 she went to the Soviet Union, while still under Communist rule, as part of a group building a peace park in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Nan's connections to that project spurred her exploration into yoga and meditation. She joined the Siddha Yoga Meditation Center of Seattle. Study and devotion became the core of her spiritual journey. In the early 90's Nan went to India for an extended yoga meditation retreat and returned in 1999.
Nan embraced outdoor activities and nature. The Pacific Northwest provided her opportunity to hike, camp, snow shoe and cross country ski.
Her interest in nature took her to the Galapagos Islands in 2005. Her final major trip was to Turkey last year.
Nan is survived by her siblings, in-laws and seven nieces and nephews. Siblings include: Tom of Seattle; Margaret (Peggy) Ryan of Somerville, Massachusetts; Barb Matteson of Langley; Jim of Jacksonville, Florida; Paul of Renton; Steve, Monica and Peter of Seattle.
Donations in Nan's memory may be made in thanks and gratitude to Hospice:
GROUP HEALTH FOUNDATION HOSPICE FUND, P.O. Box 34015
Seattle, WA 98124-4015; 206-287-4645
Published in The Seattle Times on Sept. 18, 2013