A Mass of Christian burial for Jane Seymour Van Meter, 85, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Saint Lawrence Catholic Center with the Rev. Vincent Krische officiating. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Ms. Van Meter died Tuesday morning, March 3, 1992, at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor. She had been a resident of Lawrence since moving here from Virginia in 1960.

She was born Nov. 3, 1906, in Denver, the daughter of Dr. Seymour Doss Van Meter and Victoria Virginia Cunningham.

She was educated at Smith College, the University of Colorado and the Sorbonne in France, where she studied music with Madame Boulanger.

Fluent in several languages, she earned master's degrees in classics and in Romance language. She maintained an avid, lifelong interest in language and the arts.

In the late 1920s and early 1930s, she worked at Sylvia Beach's Shakespeare and Company in Paris. She returned to the United States in 1936, and worked at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Van Meter was a civilian cryptographer for the Department of the Navy before the attack on Pearl Harbor and served with the U.S. Marine Corps for the duration of World War II.

During the 1950s, she was the personal typist for Shakepearean scholar, Charlton J.K. Hinman.

She married Charlton Hinman in 1936 in Charlottesville, Va. They were divorced in 1966.

She lived in Columbia, Mo., from 1938 to 1940; Washington, D.C., from 1940 to 1941; Cherry Point, N.C., from 1941 to 1945; Baltimore from 1946 to 1950; and Pinecrest, Va, from 1950 to 1960, when she moved to Lawrence.

Ms. Van Meter was a member of Saint Lawrence Catholic Center and a longtime supporter of the health outreach efforts of the Missionhurst Catholic charity in Arlington, Va. and the White Fathers.

Survivors include a daughter, Suki Hinman, Hot Springs National Park, Ark.

A prayer service is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.


From: Lawrence Journal-World,  KS - March 4, 1992


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