Janet Magraw Roscoe Daling, PhD, of Sun Lakes, AZ, died at home on September 18, 2022. She was 87. Janet was born on December 31, 1934, in Hackensack, New Jersey, to Julia (Coons} and Thomas Roscoe. Her early family life involved traveling throughout the United States, as her father’s job as an engineer required frequent moves. She graduated from high school in Fort Worth, Texas in 1953. In 1957, Janet received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Washington State University, married Gary Daling (whom she met in college), and they began life together on a ranch in Waterville, Washington. In 1970, Janet moved to Seattle to pursue her education and career goals. At the University of Washington, Janet graduated in Biostatistics (1973), PhD in Epidemiology (1977), and an Outstanding Alumni Award in 1994. In 1978, Janet married Steve Mansfield who has always remained her best friend. began the transition from Seattle to Arizona. In 201 0, his move to Sun Lakes, Arizona, was permanent. Janet wa is a world renowned epidemiologist. From the late 1970s until her retirement, she was employed at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center and conducted a number of studies into the causes of cancer, including cancers of the breast and anogenital tract. In addition, her scientific curiosity led her to pursue research outside the field of cancer. Concurrently, she served as a professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health, and in that role guided the professional development of dozens of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. During her 30 years at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, she has published over 350 scientific papers and received numerous awards, including the Donovan J. Thompson Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award from Fred Hutch, the Wade Hampton Frost Award from the American Public Health Association and the American Association of Cancer Research Team Science Award. Janet was an expert doubles bridge player, having surpassed 27,000 career Master Points, which ranked her 64th among the approximately 60,000 active members of the North American Contract Bridge League. As an active member of the Sun Lakes Duplicate Bridge Club, Janet regularly volunteered her time to mentor new players. Past honors include the Microsoft 2000 award for most masterpoints earned in the Seattle area. She is survived by her son Lane Daling of Waterville, WA; his grandchildren Cable Daling and Gavin (Casey) Daling, four great-grandchildren Kahle, Kynlee, Kutler and Brody Daling. She is also survived by her former husbands Gary Daling and Steve Mansfield, as well as three generations of nephews and nieces. There will be a private burial. The family thanks Hospice of the Valley, Sante of Chandler Rehab Center and Chandler Regional Medical Center for making Janet’s final months more comfortable. We also thank his friends, former colleagues and students who supported us so well. A common theme in thoughts of Janet by family, colleagues and friends was Janet’s mentorship of people in work, bridge and life. She will be missed; but fortunately she left a vast network of family, mentees, trainees, colleagues and friends who carry on her spirit. The family requests that memorial donations be directed to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center for the Janet R. Daling Epidemiology Scholarship Fund. Memorials can be made online at http://engage.fredhutch.org/goto/JanetDaling or mailed to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, PO Box 19024, Dept. J5-200 Seattle, WA 98109.
Posted on September 26, 2022
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