Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 12, 2017
JANE E. SHURE 1945 - 2017
Jane Ellen Shure, 71, died April 8, 2017 in Lexington,
Massachusetts, surrounded by her daughter Dr. Gillian
Carol Galen, son Andrew Jay Galen, son-in-law Dr. Jed
Barash, grandson Henry Daniel Barash, and other
Jane was born in Colorado Springs on October 21,
1945, to Gilbert and Sylvia Shure. Early on, she moved
to Washington, D.C., where she attended local public
schools. She graduated from American University with a degree in English literature in
1967. On graduation, she joined the Information Intern Program at the National Institutes of
Health (NIH). She then was hired at the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious
Diseases as a public information specialist. That opportunity launched a long and highly
acclaimed career at NIH. She served as Director of the Office of Public Affairs at the
National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development, and then, in 1974, became the
first director of the Office of Communications and Public Liaison at the newly formed
National Institute on Aging. At NIH, Jane earned a reputation for developing innovative
communications programs for the public; she won numerous awards for her promotional
campaigns, including an Emmy. "Jane was an exceptional person, who combined goodness
of heart, strength of purpose, and a remarkable gift for communi- cating facts in a way that
people could understand," said Dr. Richard Hodes, Director of NIA. "Jane was a critical part
of the National Institute on Aging and its mission to improve health and quality of life as we
age. Some of the research carried out to this end focuses on complex molecular pathways,
some on specific diseases, and some on behaviors and social fabric of our lives. Jane was
remarkably able to understand how to tell these stories in a way that reached people. Her
audiences included the broad public anxious to understand what science and research
meant to their own lives, or physicians and health care provides who needed to translate
research into best care, or the researchers who needed to be informed of research progress
in order to most effectively direct their efforts.
All of us are better for Jane's gifts to us, and we miss her." Jane retired from NIH in 2004 and
joined the American Chemical Society (ACS) as Director of Communications the same
year. At ACS, Jane created new public relations programs and branding, including ACS's
tagline "Chemistry for Life."
She left ACS in 2008 to devote more time to her friends and family and wide-ranging
interests, which included glass collecting, theater, traveling, baseball, and numerous
nonprofits. Those who knew Jane appreciated her discriminating tastes in food and fashion,
especially jewelry, and her infectious laugh and droll wit. Jane lived in Potomac, MD, for
more than 25 years. She moved to Lexington to live with her daughter in November 2016 to
receive treatment for cancer at Dana Farber.
Jane is survived by her daughter, son, son-in-law, grandson, and a legion of close friends
A celebration of Jane's life will be held on June 4 at a time and place to be announced.
Donations in her memory may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice of Winchester, VA at http:
//www.brhospice.org/donate/ or to the 3East DBT Scholarship Fund at McLean Hospital.
Donations may be accepted online at https://givemclean.partners.org/SSLPage.aspx?
pid=361 and choosing 3East DBT Scholarship Fund on the drop down menu, or by writing to
McLean Hospital Development Office, 115 Mill Street, Belmont, MA 02478.