In Memoriam: Jane Baillargeon Will Be Missed

Friday, March 14 2014

Jane Baillargeon, associate director of Institutional Research and Assessment, died Tuesday evening March 11 at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane after a brief illness.

When Jane first came to the University of Idaho, it was with the intention of majoring in dance. Her career path shifted when she met Jim Baillargeon. They fell in love and married. Jim and Jane had two daughters, Jennifer, who works in the English department, and Katie, who graduated last year from the UI. Both daughters married recently. Jane was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago. She survived the cancer and returned to her job and her family with vigor. She pursued another academic interest, that of education curriculum, and obtained her Doctor of Education degree from UI studying with Georgia Johnson. She used her vast skills and knowledge to improve the academic assessment process on this campus. Jane has been described as an unbelievably patient person who was devoted to her immediate and extended family, her job, and her friends. Her brother David and his wife Molly, both graduates of the UI, left the Moscow region for many years but returned to this area in retirement to be close to Jane and her family. Jane’s parents are still living.

Her father was a military attaché and Jane had rich cultural experiences during her childhood because of her father’s work. Jim and Jane, her parents, brother David and Molly, Jane's younger sister Sarah and her spouse, and grandchildren often traveled to fun and exciting places in the summer. Christmastime was spent together in Colorado at Jane's parent’s home. Jane was a complex, interesting woman. She was a lover of dance, a writer, a "biker" (complete with leather gear!), a 007 enthusiast, a problem solver, and Zumba guru. She loved serving as co-chair of the Campus Culture and Climate subcommittee (Diversity Council), was a valued member of Faculty Senate and the University of Idaho community.