Jane Harris Odom (age 61) died peacefully at home in Alexandria, Virginia. She was the daughter of Ashton Harris Odom, Sr., and Nancy Sanders Odom and grew up in Bennettsville, SC. She earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in History from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. Early in her career Jane worked as an assistant archivist at Winthrop University and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1985 she moved to Washington, DC, where she worked as an archivist at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. From 1987 to 1999, she worked as an archivist on the congressional staffs of nine different House and Senate Members of Congress, including former senators Ted Stevens, Lloyd Bentsen, and Bill Cohen and former Representatives Bob Michael and Lindy Boggs, among others. For seventeen years, 1999-2016, Jane served as Chief Archivist at the History Office of NASA Headquarters where she won awards for her exceptional performance. Jane was a life-long Methodist and a long-time member of Fairlington United Methodist Church in Alexandria. She loved a wide variety of music, vacationing at the beach, researching her family history, and growing flowers and plants. Memorial contributions may be sent to Fairlington United Methodist Church, 3900 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302.
A memorial service for Jane will be held at Fairlington United Methodist Church on Friday, July 19, at 3:00pm. Following the service, there will be a reception in the Fellowship Hall.