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Jane Beasley Raph 2001 Obituary

Professor of Early Childhood Education

Dr. Jane Beasley Raph, 83, passed away at home on September 4, 2000. Jane was born with her twin sister Ruth to Elizabeth Margaret Bremser and Johnson Tucker Beasley on May 31st, 1917 in Detroit, MI. Jane was the first in her family to attend college, beginning at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. In 1955 she received her Doctorate of Education from Teachers College at Columbia University. Jane was loved by her students for her personal encouragement along with her challenging, participative instructional methods. Jane was highly regarded by her colleagues for her collegial attitude and professional excellence.

During the 1960's, she assisted in establishing Head Start programs in disadvantaged areas in Alabama and New Jersey. She became an authority on early childhood education, especially Piaget. She published frequently during her long academic career at Rutgers University and, after 1977, at Arizona State University. Jane was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Theodore Raph, by her brother Robert, and by her sisters Ruth and Betty. She is survived by her sister Annabeth Phelps of Monterey, CA. and a nephew, Brian Phelps of Livermore, CA. Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made to the Banner Hospice. A memorial service will be held on September 24 at 3:30 PM at Friendship Village in Tempe. Arrangements are being made by Tempe Mortuary.

--Arizona Republic, September 8, 2000