Jane Kellock Setlow died on March 4, 2010, at the age of 90 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Setlow worked at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York, as a senior research scientist in the Biology Division from 1974 until her full retirement in 2007 at the age of 87. Prior to Brookhaven National Laboratory, she worked in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Biology division from 1960-1974. Her research focused on DNA damage, DNA repair, and DNA recombination in yeast and bacteria, and she made a number of important contributions to the repair and recombination fields. During her long research career she published more than 125 papers and from 1979–2007 was the co-editor and then the editor of the long-running series of yearly books on Genetic Engineering published by Plenum Press.
In addition to her own research, in 1977 Jane Setlow became the first female president of the Biophysical Society, and she was a member of the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee for the National Institutes of Health from 1974 to 1978. She also chaired this committee from 1978 to 1980, when many of the regulations concerning the initial work on recombinant DNA were formulated. Setlow received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Swarthmore College in 1940, graduating Phi Beta Kappa on a full scholarship at the age of 20. While in college she was the captain of the fi eld hockey team and starred on the basketball team. She worked and completed graduate school at Yale University, receiving her PhD in 1959. In 1996, she received a lifetime achievement award from her secondary school, the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Outside of science, Setlow sang in choral groups all her life. In addition, every summer from 1972 to 1987, she volunteered as a counselor for two weeks at Camp Greentop, a residential camp for disabled adults near Camp David in Maryland.
Jane Setlow is survived by her former husband Richard Setlow, of East Quogue, New York, and her four children: Peter of Farmington, Connecticut; Michael of Baltimore, Maryland; Kate O’Brien of Orange, Connecticut; and Charles, of Shoreham, New York, as well as six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
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