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Jane Spragg, NHAS Past President - A Remembrance


Jane at a museum, Cozumel, Mexico, Dec. 1992

Long time members of the NHAS will recall Jane Spragg, MD. She passed away on June 1, 2019 at the age of 97. Jane was an active member in the 1980s and 1990s and served as president in 1992/93. She participated in several NH SCRAP field schools and field projects, notably the Merrimack site, which is now the location of the Cinemagic Theater in the town of Merrimack and the Hormell site in Freedom.


Jane’s involvement with archeology was just a small part of her long career which covered many years of public service as a physician and public health advocate. She even volunteered her medical skills in the Yucatan after her retirement as a physician.


Jane’s mother was a nationally renowned photographer and Jane would delight her friends with Christmas cards showing childhood photos of her that were published in magazines such as The Ladies Home Journal. Those who worked with Jane in the field and lab remember her fondly as an exceptional and warm, loving person. Pat Hume, a longtime friend of Jane’s and past president of the NHAS herself has shared a remembrance of Jane prepared by her daughter Deborah.



Jane in Izamal, Yucatan, Mexico. Dec. 1992


Jane Spragg, Pat & Marvin Warner, Pat Hume, waiting for a ferry in Cozumel, Mexico. Dec. 1992