Janice May, 1923-2016

From theĀ Austin American-Statesman obituraries:

Janice Evelyn Christensen May of Austin, Texas, passed away on July 10, 2016, at the age of 93.

She was born on May 29, 1923, in Walnut Grove, Minnesota. Her parents, Arnold Christensen and Bernice Schower Christensen, instilled in Janice a love of education and music which she pursued all of her life. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and her PhD from the University of Texas. She remained at UT as an assistant instructor and progressed to become a full time professor in the Government Department at The University. She also served as a pre-law student advisor.

Janice married Francis Barnes May who was a Professor of Statistics at the University of Texas. He once said, “If I hadn’t met Janice, I’d have been a lifelong bachelor.” Together they traveled to Europe and China and spent holidays in their cabin in the northern Arizona woods. They hosted dinners with their friends and colleagues, and loved opera and classical music. Although they had no children, they provided a loving home to a succession of cats. Francis predeceased Janice in 2007.

Janice was active with the League of Women Voters, having served as President and Board member of the local chapter and also as a Board member of the national organization. She served as a registered lobbyist to governmental officials explaining League-supported agenda items. She was a member of the Commission that drafted a new constitution for the State of Texas, but which was not adopted by the voters of Texas. And she was a lifelong and active member of the American Association of University Women.