Jane Babson

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Babson, Jane
Jane Frances Babson, wife of Mr. David F. Babson, Jr. and a long-time citizen of Stamford, Connecticut, passed away during the early morning hours of January 10, 2013. Born in Leitchfield, Kentucky to the late William Winstead McCall and the late Matilda Hahn McCall on August 17, 1925, Jane F. McCall attended Leitchfield High School and was valedictorian for the Class of 1943 of Sullins Academy, Bristol, Virginia. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Art and archaeology at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts in 1947, and was awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree in Art and Art History by the University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois in 1949. Ms. McCall was the first woman to receive a MFA from the University of Illinois. Her thesis, Some Early Fort Types in the Northwest Territory, 1679-1832, became a basic reference for study of fortification architecture and of colonial to early national period history in the middle Mississippi River basin. From 1952 to 1954, Jane F. McCall was Registrar for the Cocoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Jane Frances McCall married David Frederick Babson, Jr., in Leitchfield, Kentucky, on August 7, 1954, and moved with her husband to Stamford, Connecticut later that year. She pursued a career as an artist, writer and publisher, and was a founding member of the Stamford Art Association in 1970. Her woodcut print, Phase III: In the Beginning...?, 1969, is part of the permanent collection of the National Air and Space Museum in the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. She was the author of The Epsteins: A Family Album, 1984, an exploration of the life of the British sculptor Jacob Epstein and his relationship with his American family, and The Search for the Indian, 2001, an inquiry into the ancestry of her family and their connection with Native Americans during the early history of the Virginia Colony. Her children's books include The Nest on the Porch, 1988, Babson's Bestiary, 1990 and A Story of Us, 2003, book and DVD. In 1987, Jane F. Babson established the Winstead Press as a small-press publisher of children's and art books, and she managed this business until 2010. She was active in small-press publishing and library associations in Connecticut and New York City. Jane Frances Babson is survived by her immediate family, including her husband, David F. Babson Jr., Esq., of Stamford, an attorney, her son, Dr. David Winstead Babson of Syracuse, New York, an archaeologist and her daughter, Ms. Leila Jane Babson of New York, New York, an actress and singer. She is further survived by her sister, Ms. Marilyn McCall of Arlington, Virginia, her sister, Ms. Nancy McCall of Arcata, California, her sister, Ms. Barbara McCall of Wimberley, Texas and her brother, Dr. William Perry McCall of Leitchfield, Kentucky. Her parents, Mr. William Winstead McCall and Mrs. Matilda Hahn McCall, her sister, Ms. Zella McCall Johnson and her brother, Mr. David Loran McCall preceded her in death. Jane Frances Babson will be buried in Leitchfield, Kentucky during the spring of 2013. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the .

Published in StamfordAdvocate on Jan. 18, 2013
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