JAN BALKIN Obituary (2022) – Washington, DC

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BALKIN JAN ELLEN BALKIN of Falls Church, Va., died early Friday morning, January 21, 2022, following a five-year fierce battle with cancer. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Jan was adopted as a baby by the late Bernard and Bettye Sue Balkin (née Sandler) into a close-knit family. Two years later, the family welcomed his younger brother Jack. After graduating from Center High School, Jan moved to Washington DC to attend American University. A 1976 graduate with a BA in international relations and political science, Jan worked briefly for the United States General Accounting Office, where she learned valuable analytical skills that she put to use in her later career. in the transportation industry. During her 40-year career, she worked as a commercial truck and bus safety and regulatory analyst for the American Trucking Associations, the North American Driver Safety Foundation, the Federal Department of Transportation, and as a safety consultant. transports. Jan was also a valued and trusted senior advisor for the political consultancy firm Evans & Katz LLC, working closely with some of the nation’s largest and most influential progressive political organizations and supporting their efforts to recruit women of color. standing for election. Throughout her life, Jan cared deeply about issues of civil justice and animal welfare, and was generous in supporting nonprofit organizations that reflected her values. She adored her own cats and missed having a furry roommate during her chemotherapy. Jan loved food and gourmet words, attended concerts and plays (especially musicals), collected art and crafts and, above all, travelled. Fortunately, her work has taken her to all 50 states, all ten Canadian provinces and Mexico. Outside of work, she has also traveled to several countries in Europe. Despite debilitating chemotherapy, in retirement she finally fulfilled her lifelong desire to attend Major League spring training in Phoenix. Both private and outgoing, Jan loved to laugh and made friends easily. She was gregarious, generous, stubborn and tough. The most important part of her life was her vast network of friends, many of whom she considered family. His friendships spanned the country and lasted for decades. She was loved by many throughout her life and will be deeply missed. Jan’s family would like to thank her dedicated friends and caring neighbors, who provided her with consistent substantial and emotional support during her long illness. Jan is survived by his brother Jack Balkin and his wife Margret Wolfe of Branford, CT. An online memorial service is planned for his distant friends to participate. Jan’s family would like to thank her dedicated friends and caring neighbors, who provided her with consistent substantial and emotional support during her long illness. Jan is survived by his brother Jack Balkin and his wife Margret Wolfe of Branford, CT. An online memorial service is planned to allow his distant friends to participate.

Published by the Washington Post on February 3, 2022.

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