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A long time civic activist, died in the George Washington University Hospital on Sunday, October 7, 2012. A native of Brooklyn, NY, she graduated from Vassar College in 1942. Among her many accomplishments, she taught American History at The Potomac School in McLean, VA. She co-founded Wider Opportunities for Women in 1966, a organization devoted to the education, training, and employment of women. She was named "Washingtonian of the Year" by Washingtonian Magazine for her work with WOW. She also served as Executive Director of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington and founded the Women's College Assistance Project that sought to help women on welfare escape poverty through access to education. From 1983 to 1987, she was Chair of the Board of Vassar College. At age 85, she became the Director of the Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities at the Latin American Youth Center. She was a member of the board of the Hillwood Museum. She was a member of the Cosmos and the Chevy Chase clubs. Towards the end of her life, she was asked which of her achievements was the most gratifying. She replied without hesitation, "being a mentor"; she was proud that many young people she had counseled over the years continued to seek her advice. She was also an avid sailor and tennis player. She was predeceased by her husband, Frederick Wistar Janney, who died in 1979. She is survived by her two sons, Dr. Peter Janney of Beverly, MA and Christopher Janney; her daughter-in-law, Terrell Lamb, and two grandchildren, Frederick and Lillian of Lexington, MA. Memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 13 at 11 a.m. at All Souls Church Unitarian, 1500 Harvard St., NW. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Janney's honor to the Latin American Youth Center, 1419 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC 20009. Arrangements by DeVol.

Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 10, 2012