In Memoriam: Jane Perkins ’73

Jane Perkins ’73 died Oct. 7, 2022, at age 91. Perkins was born Nov. 9, 1930, in Portland, Ore., to Opal May Smith and Charles Emmett Mackey, and was one of five siblings. She spent her childhood and teenage years in Portland and graduated from Franklin High School in 1947. She married Clyde Leroy Perkins in Chula Vista, Calif., while Clyde was training to join the United States Navy. They moved around during his service with the Navy, but were living back in Portland by the time she gave birth to her two children, Barbara and Bruce. 

Perkins highly valued education and enjoyed learning. She earned her bachelor of arts from Pacific at age 42 and master of arts in education from University of Northern Colorado. She continued learning by taking classes at Clark Community College in art, language, and other topics. She was an avid reader, and when she was not learning enjoyed a good mystery novel. Perkins also valued hard work, and had a rich career with the Union Pacific Railroad. She loved to see the world and traveled throughout her life. She moved to Mexico part-time after she and Clyde divorced, living in Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico. While living in Mexico, Perkins shared her love of reading with the community by opening a bookstore. She also traveled to countries around the world, including China, Russia, and Panama, and brought back stories, souvenirs, and photos to her family and friends. 

Perkins loved the arts, and was a regular attendee at the orchestra, ballet, and art museums. She was philanthropic and donated money to organizations like The Vancouver Symphony, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and various scholarship funds to support access to education. 

Perkins is preceded in death by her parents; three siblings, Paul, Richard, and Alice Mackey; and grandson, Taylor Perkins. She is survived by her brother, David Mackey; children, Barbara and Bruce Perkins; and granddaughter, Kate Perkins.

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022