The Jane E. Bishop Memorial Fund

Jane E. Bishop lived most of her life in the Ann Arbor area, but she never forgot her Almont roots. She left a bequest to establish an unrestricted fund in her name, giving Four County Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees the ability to support pro-active projects and award grants wherever priorities are identified. Jane attended a number of Foundation celebrations and was a donor during her lifetime. Her brother, John Bishop, was a founding trustee of Four County Community Foundation.
Jane Ellen Bishop was born in Almont in 1932. She was the daughter of Leon T. and Emma B. Bishop and sister to Mary Jean, Truman, Ronald, Paul, and John Bishop. Jane graduated from Almont High School and received a B.A. from Oberlin College. She had advanced degrees from Cornell University (M.A.) and the University of Michigan (M.S.).
Jane was an active member of the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor where she lent her voice to the choir for many years. She displayed other musical talents, playing the French horn and Baritone horn in the Washtenaw Community Concert Band and the Dexter Community Band.
Jane Bishop was much admired as a teacher, having retired from teaching at Greenhills School, Ann Arbor, with prior service at Maumee Country Day School in Toledo, Ohio. Before taking up teaching, Jane worked as a technician at the University of Michigan in the laboratory of Dr. Gerald Abrams.
Jane was devoted to the preservation and health of our global environment, with an enduring love for Michigan and the Great Lakes. While her passion for active travel took her birding, hiking, and cycling far and wide, and love for her far-flung family and friends kept her on the move, summer always found her at her beloved cottage on Lake Huron.
Jane Bishop died in 2012.
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