Jane Iris Crutchfield

Lifelong Educator Honors Mother with a Gift

Jane Iris Crutchfield (Curry ’52) was the kind of educator students remembered fondly well into adulthood—one who cared deeply about young people and who loved getting them interested in books.

Miss Crutchfield, a public school teacher and librarian, passed away in December 2006. Wanting to share the benefits of a college education with others, she bequeathed $1.015 million to the University’s Curry School of Education.

She made the unrestricted gift in memory of her mother, Janie Gammon Crutchfield, who had supported her daughter’s pursuit of an education even during the hard years of the Great Depression. The Curry School and the trustees of Miss Crutchfield’s estate agreed that establishing the Janie Gammon Crutchfield Faculty Suite* in Bavaro Hall would address a top funding priority for the school and honor Miss Crutchfield’s mother while publicly recognizing the donor’s generosity.

Currently under construction, Bavaro Hall will enhance the collaborations of the school’s distinguished programs in higher education, counselor education, education policy, physical education and sports medicine.

Born in Danville, Va., in 1914, Miss Crutchfield earned a bachelor’s degree from Mary Washington College, a master’s degree in education from the University of Virginia, and a bachelor’s degree in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After teaching in the public schools in Danville and Richmond, Va., she worked as a librarian at Patrick Henry Elementary School in Arlington, Va.

In her spare time, Miss Crutchfield enjoyed traveling abroad, gardening and, of course, reading.

*Pending approval by the University Board of Visitors.