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Jane Francina Rissler of Kabletown, W.Va., died February 21, 2023, from complications of metastatic breast cancer.

The daughter of the late Lewis Shaull Rissler and Kathleen Johnson Rissler, Jane was educated in local schools, graduating from Charles Town High School and Shepherd College (now University). She had a Doctor of Philosophy degree in agriculture from Cornell University.

After brief stints as a high school teacher in Jefferson County and a college professor at the University of Maryland, Jane worked nearly 30 years in Washington, D.C., on science and public policy issues related to sustainable agriculture at the Environmental Protection Agency, National Wildlife Federation, and Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). She was one of the architects of U.S. policy to protect the environment from the risks of biotechnology in farming.  

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