- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Janet Field-Pickering, the head of education for the Folger Shakespeare Library, died March 21 at her Silver Spring home after a battle with cancer. She was 51.

Born in Boston, Mrs. Field-Pickering grew up in Scituate, Mass., and graduated from Notre Dame Academy of Hingham, Mass., in 1972.

She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pa., in 1976, and earned a master’s degree in English from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt., in 2003.

Mrs. Field-Pickering joined the faculty at Chambersburg Area Senior High School in Chambersburg, Pa., in 1979 and taught there until 1995, specializing in Advanced Placement English and drama. She was the faculty adviser for the drama program there, directing student productions.

She was a frequent performer in productions at the Summer Theatre at Gettysburg College, Sylvester Productions, and the Gilbert and Sullivan series produced by the Gettysburg Civic Chorus.

A participant in the Teaching Shakespeare Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library in 1994, she was selected as head of education at the Folger (only the second in Folger’s history) in 1995, serving in that capacity until her death.

For the past 10 years, Mrs. Field-Pickering had served as the guiding force behind the Folger’s extensive educational-outreach programs.

Home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection, the Folger is an international center for scholarly research, a national leader in humanities education, and a fixture in the cultural life of Washington.

Survivors include her husband, David Pickering; sons, Andrew and Benjamin; parents, Charles Field of Boca Grande, Fla., and Florita Field of Scituate; sisters, Susan McGowan and Amy Chessia, both of Scituate; and a brother, Charles Field Jr., of Scituate.

Donations can be made to the Janet Field-Pickering Memorial Fund at the Folger Shakespeare Library or the David B. Perini Jr. Quality of Life Clinic, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 278 Worcester Road, Southboro, MA 01550.

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