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A death

From: Tahe Zalal <tzalal<-a>
Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014
It is with great sadness that I share the passing away of paper
conservator Jane Sugarman.  Jane bravely lost her battle to stomach
cancer on November 10, 2014.  She died peacefully at her home with
her partner and love of her life, Ken Caneva, and close family
members by her side.

Jane graduated from Brandeis University in 1972 with a degree in
studio art and art history and then later went on to pursue her
masters in conservation at the University of Delaware/Winterthur
Museum in 1986.  While a student at Winterthur she interned at the
Conservation Analytical Laboratory at the Smithsonian, and at the
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii.

While at CAL she published:

    "Observations on the Materials and Techniques Used in 19th
    Century American Architectural Presentation Drawings".  Book and
    Paper Group annual 5 (1986), pp. 39-60

Upon receiving her masters, she apprenticed with renowned paper
conservator Christa Gaehde from 1986 to 1988.

In 1988, Jane went into private practice in Greensboro, NC, and
served a multitude of individuals and institutions alike for
twenty-four years until her retirement in 2012.

Her contributions in the field extended beyond her practice and with
Timothy Vitale, published influential research on paper drying
methods and effects in 1992:

    Jane E. Sugarman and Timothy J. Vitale
    "Observations on the Drying of Paper: Five Drying Methods and
    the Drying Process".  Journal of the American Institute for
    Conservation 31, no. 2 (1992 Summer), pp. 175-197

She was also was a wonderful advisor to students pursuing careers in
conservation as well as her fellow conservators and was always happy
to lend a hand with large projects.

In her free time, Jane enjoyed making art in a wide variety of
media; sculpture in stone, bronze and clay, handpainted silk, and
weaving on warp-weighted and harness looms, and often gave her
lovely creations to friends and family.  In addition to being a
visual artist she was a gastronomic artist as well.  Both she and
Ken spent every Saturday they were in town at the local farmers'
market which they considered the highlight of their week.  She loved
cooking at home with Ken and on occasion would share their creative
talents in the kitchen with friends and relatives.  Jane's quick
wit, keen intelligence and bold frankness will be greatly missed.

Tahe Zalal
Associate Paper Conservator
Northeast Document Conservation Center
100 Brickstone Square
Andover MA 01810

                  Conservation DistList Instance 28:25
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Received on Thursday, 20 November, 2014

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