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Co-founder of International Women’s Club dies

January 17th, 2011

Mrs. Jane Huit, one of the American co-founders of International Wives’ Club of Iowa City, as it was known then, has recently passed away.

Mrs. Huit and Mrs. Velma Stuit, the other American co-founder, recognized the importance of welcoming international women to our community and helping them find good friends and interesting activities. The organization began in the late 1950s, and the name changed to International Women’s Club in 1978. Currently there are around 140 members from over 30 countries.

Mrs. Huit was a friendly and outgoing person. She was born in 1917 in Dayton, Ohio, and majored in voice and piano at Ohio Wesleyan University. In 1946, she and her husband moved to Iowa City, where he became Dean of Men at the UI. She was very active as a dean’s wife and did a lot of entertaining and chaperoning of dances, all while raising three daughters. Mrs. Huit was also an accomplished artist who did printmaking, paintings, etchings and more.

Mrs. Huit was preceded in death by her husband in 1997. Survivors include three daughters and five grandchildren.

A memorial service for Mrs. Huit will be held sometime in the spring.

- Text contributed by Joanne Madsen

This entry was postedon Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 at 1:34 pm

One Response to “Co-founder of International Women’s Club dies”

  1. marge Stell says:
    January 25, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Jane was a lovely lady. I met her through Kappa Alpha Theta sorority events. She was so attractive and fun to be with.