February 23, 2007
Jane Lingo Memorial Service Held March 30, 2007
Jane Tunstall Lingo
Sept. 7, 1924 to Feb. 23, 2007
One of the first women invited to join the National Press Club in 1971, native Washingtonian Jane Tunstall Lingo was a trailblazer for women journalists and a dedicated alumna and long-term employee of The George Washington University.
For more than 60 years, Ms. Lingo was an integral part of the GW community. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction, graduating in 1946. She spent the next decade traveling and performing volunteer service before returning to the University in 1956 as a staff writer in the Office of University Relations, and then served as assistant director of University Relations from 1964 until her death early Friday morning, Feb. 23.
During her years at GW, Ms. Lingo earned membership in Phi Beta Kappa, and joined Mortar Board, Pi Beta Phi sorority, the GW Hospital Women's Board, the Faculty Women's Club, and Columbian Women, which is the University's oldest scholarship support group.
"In a world that often changes faster than we wish, Jane Lingo was a constant," said GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg. "She truly loved this University and everyone engaged in it. And she served GW well, as a student, administrator, writer, trusted friend, and goodwill ambassador to the community. Her accomplishments were many, yet Jane would only and always celebrate the successes of others. Her positive presence will continue to be felt whenever and wherever friends and colleagues gather to share the joy of a well written book, a well performed play, a well spoken sentence, or a sunny day. I am proud to call Jane both colleague and friend and I miss her already. To borrow one of her favorite phrases, Jane, 'we shall see you anon.' "
A former president of the American News Women's Club from 1990-1992, Ms. Lingo was friends with journalist Helen Thomas. The two became acquainted in the 1940s when Ms. Lingo attended many events at The White House during the Truman administration.
"Jane was such a part of Washington," said Ms. Thomas. "She did a great job at GW - GW was her middle name, her second home. She made a great contribution to the University. Jane was always upbeat with a big smile and had legions of friends. She was very intelligent and the kind of friend you always wanted to have."
The daughter of Benjamin Harrison Lingo and Marie Tunstall Lingo, Ms. Lingo resided in her family's home in Adams Morgan. Her father had a career in the U.S. Navy, and her mother was the director of the Washington, D.C., United Service Organization (USO). Even as a young adult Ms. Lingo immersed herself in the District. She volunteered with the American Red Cross, translating letters in French from those who requested various kinds of assistance and making surgical dressings. She assisted the USO with special events, was a member of the Junior League of Washington, for which she was a contributing author for the league's book The City of Washington and worked on a long-running children's television program as part of a marionette troupe.
Ms. Lingo served on the Adams Morgan Neighborhood Association and the former Mayor's Advisory Committee for Neighborhood Beautification. She worked with the Democratic National Committee in the office of the DNC Vice Chairman Margaret Price during several presidential campaigns and assisted with presidential inaugurations. Ms. Lingo also was a board member of the YWCA of the National Capital Area.
A member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, she was a docent at Dumbarton House. Ms. Lingo was an active supporter of Hillwood Museum and Gardens on Linnean Avenue, Blair House, the Washington National Opera, and the Shakespeare Theatre. She also was a member of the Sulgrave Club, which was a social and cultural club that worked to save the Wadsworth House on Massachusetts Avenue. Ms. Lingo also was active with the First Church of Christ, Scientist on Euclid Street, NW.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the following organizations:
1) The Jane Tunstall Lingo Memorial Special Collections Fund, c/o Susan
Hyatt, The Gelman Library, The George Washington University, 2130 H ST.,
NW, Washington, DC 20052
Checks for the Gelman Library fund should be made payable to GW with a notation that it is for the Jane T. Lingo fund.
2) Dumbarton House
The National Society of Colonial Dames
2715 Que Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007-3071
Please request that donations to the Dumbarton House be marked "in
memory of Jane T. Lingo".
3) Jacque Jones, Club Manager.
American News Women's Club
1607 22nd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Please request that donations to the ANWC be marked "in memory of Jane
4) The Clerk
First Church of Christ Scientist
1770 Euclid Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Please request that donations be marked "in memory of Jane T. Lingo".
5) Send Condolence Letters to:
Family of Jane Lingo
1731 Lanier Place
Washington, DC 20009