Jane Towery Woolsey

WOOLSEY, JANE TOWERY, of Louisville, passed away peacefully at home on September 2, 2010.

Born in St. Louis as Jane Ethel Raborg on November 3, 1918, her family moved to Nashville, TN, where she grew up. She graduated from Peabody Demonstration School in 1936, and then graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 1940, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. There, she met her first husband, Beverly T. Towery, who graduated from Vanderbilt Medical School in 1940. They were married in Sept., 1942, had three children, and moved to Louisville in 1956, settling in Anchorage. Dr. Towery passed away in 1981. In 1983, Jane married F. W. "Bill" Woolsey, a long-time family friend and well known local journalist. They made the most of their "second chance romance" by traveling, entertaining, and enjoying the Louisville arts scene. They were devoted to "serious" music, and attended many performances of operatic, orchestral, and chamber music. Bill Woolsey passed away in 1999.

Although Jane attended Vanderbilt Medical School for two years, clinical psychology was her ultimate profession. Beginning at Central State Hospital in 1962 as a senior psychologist, Jane soon turned to the treatment of adolescents. In 1966, she began a long association with the Louisville city schools, culminating in the establishment in 1977 of the Environmental School, which served children with behavior disorders. She became a trainer and consultant for a program known as Instrumental Enrichment, which took her to schools all over the US and Canada, and to Israel where the program originated. As a school psychologist, Jane touched the lives of many, both students and teachers.

Jane is survived by her three children from her first marriage, Lynn T. Courtenay, of Madison, WI, Todd Towery, of Kensington, MD and Anne T. Huber (Stan), of Los Gatos, CA. In addition, she has four grandchildren, Elizabeth Courtenay Oakes (Bob), of Somerville, MA and W. Todd (Erin) Courtenay, of Madison, WI, Michael T. Towery, of Herndon, VA and Benjamin D. Huber, of Los Gatos. Finally, she is the proud great-grandmother of her namesake Jane, 4, and Cyrus Oakes, 3, both of Somerville, MA.

There will be an at-home visitation for friends and family on Sunday, September 12, 2010, from 1-4 p.m. A memorial celebration of her life is planned for the future.

In lieu of flowers, friends are invited to make a donation to the University of Louisville School of Music or to a Louisville arts group of their choice.


Published in The Courier-Journal from Sept. 5 to Sept. 7, 2010