obituary header
Welcome to the memorial page for

Jan Swearingen

August 18, 1948 ~ June 1, 2017 (age 68)
 Light a Candle
 Leave a Condolence
candle beige
A candle was lit by KATHY SWEARINGEN IN MEMORY OF MY SISTER JAN on May 24, 2019 4:11 PM
candle beige
A candle was lit by Douglas McDermid on May 3, 2018 8:24 PM
May 3, 2018 8:23 PM

I had the pleasure of meeting Jan Swearingen at three or four academic conferences devoted to Scottish philosophy. She was a treasure: kind, witty, encouraging, and passionately intelligent. I will miss her.

My condolences to her family and friends,
-- Douglas McDermid
Message from Dennis Wallace
August 17, 2017 10:34 PM

Jan and I graduated from high school together and I knew her well. We haven't visited in many years, but as a grad of TAMU, I wish I had known she was a faculty member there so that I might have stopped in for a visit during one of my many trips back to A&M.
candle beige
A candle was lit by Dennis Wallace on August 17, 2017 10:28 PM
candle beige
A candle was lit by Karin Noomi Karlsson on July 16, 2017 4:39 PM
candle beige
A candle was lit by Ryan Stark on July 15, 2017 12:57 PM
candle dove
A candle was lit by Scott Swearingen on July 9, 2017 1:24 PM
candle beige
A candle was lit by Tarez Graban on July 2, 2017 9:32 PM
Message from Jane Hilfer
June 24, 2017 4:32 PM

Jan was one of the most brilliant and kind people I've had the privilege of knowing. She was a beautiful woman in every way, an extraordinary mother and was respected and admired as a serious scholar and teacher, especially by my late husband Tony Hilfer, UT Professor of English and Plan II, who considered her one of his most cherished colleagues.

I'll always remember a New Year's Eve she spent with us and she sang numerous Gilbert & Sullivan melodies without music or printed words. Nobody could sing Gilbert & Sullivan like Jan! Sing on dear Jan and make the angels laugh.

With sympathy to Ben and to all Jan's extended family,
Jane Hilfer
Message from Friends of Ben
June 21, 2017 9:24 PM

Ben, we are so sorry for your loss. We have made a donation to the Peace Park Conservancy in your mother's honor.
Message from Beth Francell
June 19, 2017 2:21 PM

Everyone who knew Jan was blessed. The light and goodness she has shown the world is incalculable. Her students carry her insight, her courage, and honesty into their lives and the lives of those they touch. We were idealistic in the 1960s but she lived her idealism and never faltered. I was lucky to be her friend. You live in my heart Jan. Rest in Peace.
candle beige
A candle was lit by Barbara and Tim Cherry on June 12, 2017 12:33 AM
candle beige
A candle was lit by Claudia Nelson on June 9, 2017 10:22 PM
candle rose red
A candle was lit by Hephzibah Roskelly on June 9, 2017 2:57 PM
Message from Jeanette Green
June 9, 2017 1:39 PM

Remembering a dear, lovely friend with such easily recognized warm eyes.
I cherished our summer walks and talks in Princeton and Manhattan. I'm stunned and upset she left us so early. I'd really hoped she would spring back after diagnosed.

In deep sympathy and loving memory of sweet Jan.
Jeanette (Green).
Message from April Kinkead
June 9, 2017 11:51 AM

Jan was a kind and gracious colleague during my tenure at TAMU. I continue to value her advice and respect her scholarship.
candle beige
A candle was lit by Kelli Fick Perry on June 9, 2017 11:49 AM
candle beige
A candle was lit by Kathy Swearingen with love. on June 9, 2017 10:52 AM
candle beige
A candle was lit by Carolyn Baldwin on June 9, 2017 9:14 AM
candle beige
A candle was lit by Richard craig on June 9, 2017 8:09 AM
candle beige
A candle was lit by Dannis Overstreet on June 9, 2017 7:53 AM
Message from Elinor Crank
June 9, 2017 7:46 AM

Even though it has been many, many decades since I have seen Jan I can still remember a women who was kind and friendly and radiated serenity. My heart felt condolences to all who loved her.

I can image her facing this with great courage and maybe even joy with what was coming next.

Elinor V. Crank (previously Putsy Veselka Austin)
candle beige
A candle was lit by Lynette Supak on June 8, 2017 10:25 AM
candle beige
A candle was lit by Simone Hivick-Dominguez on June 6, 2017 8:50 PM
Message from Tom Barker
June 6, 2017 12:45 PM

Your last door opens wide but you will always have a place in my heart.
candle beige
A candle was lit by Nandini Bhattacharya on June 5, 2017 5:40 PM
candle beige
A candle was lit by Marco and Rita Portales on June 5, 2017 10:10 AM
Message from Linda Radzik
June 5, 2017 9:59 AM

I will fondly remember Jan's grace and gentle humor. Wishing her family and friends comfort in this difficult time.
Message from Paul Christensen
June 5, 2017 8:19 AM

Jan was a terrific colleague and friend with whom I shared many rewarding hours of conversation about her field, my interests, and above all, the wellbeing of a profession we both venerated and chafed against. I shall miss her very much and assume she is on some cloud or other correcting the abuses of English she might overhear in the idle talk of fellow angels, Paul
© 2019 Hillier Funeral Home. All Rights Reserved.