Committed to Making Life Better for Others, Jane Werner Establishes an Ovarian Cancer Fund
Most of Jane E. Werner’s 92 years were spent living life fully and contributing her time and resources to the causes that she cared most about.
Born in Olean, New York, Jane later graduated from Smith College in 1941 where she majored in economics and lettered in three sports. Working at IBM in Washington, D.C., during WWII, Jane began corresponding with Clem Werner, a young Army lieutenant from Iowa, whom she met and married a year later. Following the war the Werners moved to Davenport, Iowa, where they raised their three children, Susan, Cal and Ann. Jane, a strong believer in education, worked to improve public schools, including proposing health education in the 1950s for 4th grade, a controversial topic at the time.
In later years, Jane and Clem endowed college scholarships for five high schools in Davenport and Bettendorf, IA. In addition, Jane endowed scholarships at Smith College and Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, where she volunteered for 25 years. She also made major contributions to organizations helping to protect the environment, advance medical research, provide education, and assist those less fortunate.
Jane’s legacy continues to make an impact at OHSU. Immensely grateful for the care that her daughter, Ann, received for advanced ovarian cancer at the OHSU Center for Women’s Health, Jane contributed generously during her lifetime to support Tanja Pejovic, M.D., Ph.D., for her research related to ovarian cancer. Jane also helped to defray the costs of medical treatment for women with ovarian cancer. In her will, she also made a provision to continue to help women in treatment for ovarian cancer receive appropriate testing and care.
Jane often said that she had been given much in her life and there was no greater reward than giving back “in her small way” to help others. The recently established Jane Werner Ovarian Cancer Fund continues to reflect her thoughtful generosity by helping others receive the care they need.
If you would like to help ovarian cancer patients with financial need, click here to donate to the Jane Werner Ovarian Cancer Fund at the OHSU Foundation.