Jane Louise McGavin, artist and activist, dies at 92

December 24, 2013

Jane Louise McGavin, an Arlington County artist, community activist and athlete, died Dec. 3 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington. She was 92.

The cause was sepsis and ischemic bowel disease, said daughter Deborah McCune.

As an artist, Mrs. McGavin worked in watercolor, pastels, oil and acrylic, and her work received awards from local art organizations. She served on the board of the Art League at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria.

She also led fundraising drives for the American Cancer Society and Heart Association and was a former president of the Arlington County Medical Auxliary. Through her membership in Walker Chapel United Methodist Church in Arlington, she was a Meals on Wheels volunteer.

Mrs. McGavin’s athletic endeavors included tennis, golf, bowling, biking and long-distance walking. When she was in her eighties, she was named “fitness person of the month” at Washington Golf and Country Club.

Jane Louise Haupt was born in Reading, Pa., where she graduated in 1942 from Albright College.

In 1950, she moved to Arlington with her husband, Dr. Thomas A. McGavin. He died in 2008. They were married 63 years.

Survivors include seven children, Lynda L. Moses of Rehoboth, Del., Thomas A McGavin Jr. of New York, Lee H. McGavin of Austin, Deborah A. McCune of McLean, Jean P McGavin of Bethlehem, Conn., John D. McGavin of Great Falls, and James E. McGavin of Leesburg; 16 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes