Jane Warren
1945 - 2021
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Jane Warren, 75, of Lexington, passed away on January 5th, 2021. She was born in Philadelphia, PA., on January 30th, 1945 and moved to Dearborn, MI., at the age of eleven. She married Wayne Warren in 1967 and they pursued educational opportunities in Ann Arbor, MI., Baltimore, MD. and Princeton, NJ., before settling in the Boston area in 1974. Their daughters, Linda and Molly were born and raised there. Jane encouraged her daughters to work hard and pursue their dreams, believing they could accomplish anything. She similarly supported her nieces, friends and colleagues. Jane enjoyed trying out new recipes and cuisines and if you knew Jane well, she probably cooked something delicious for you. When her nieces and mother moved to the area in the 1990s, Jane started a tradition of big family breakfasts on the weekends and often welcomed family, friends and colleagues into her home for meals, holidays and other celebrations. Jane earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Zoology from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. in Biology from Princeton University. Her scientific career started with lab work on fruit flies, bacteriophages and slime molds and developed to take a broader perspective on public health. Jane spent more than twentyfive years at the Health Effects Institute where, as Director of Science, she guided research on the health effects of air pollution. Over her career, she worked with hundreds of researchers across the United States and the world to advance scientific understanding in the field and aid policymakers in making evidence-based decisions. After retiring in 2008, Jane focused on her passion for conserving native plants and ecosystems. She started this work in her own yard, where she created a haven for pollinators and birds by replacing invasive species with hundreds of types of native plants. Her advocacy extended to the local community; she served on the Lexington Conservation Commission, wrote articles on native plants and shared photos of her plants for the Lexington Minuteman and organized nature walks for Citizens for Lexington Conservation. Jane enjoyed spending time with family, taking walks, gardening, cooking and traveling. Jane is survived by Wayne, her husband of fiftythree years; daughters Linda Warren (St. Louis, MO.) and Molly Warren (Washington, DC.) and siblings-in-law Sarah Lawser (and daughters Susan Voss and Amy Curran), Roger and Sandra Warren (and daughters Kerri Warren, Leslie Bauman and Michelle White) and Kendra and Steve Smith. She was predeceased by her parents John Lawser (1914-1992) and Audrey Lawser (1918-2017) and her brother John Lawser (1941-2020). In lieu of flowers, plant your own native plants that support local wildlife. Donations in her memory may be made to Citizens for Lexington Conservation (clclex.org) or the Native Plant Trust (www.nativeplanttrust.org). The family will hold a private celebration of her life in 2021 when in-person gatherings are safe. Friends can email her daughter Linda (Warren.LM@gmail.com) for information. Arrangements are under the care of Dee Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Concord. To share a memory or to offer a condolence in Jane's online guestbook, please visit www.DeeFuneralHome.com.

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Published in The Concord Journal from Jan. 10 to Jan. 14, 2021.
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