PHILADELPHIA - The Penn Athletics family was saddened to hear of the recent passing of Jane Austin Stauffer Ed’49. She died on August 22 at a nursing home in Atlanta.
Born in Narberth and raised in the Philadelphia area, Mrs. Stauffer is a member of the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame Class II, inducted on May 16, 1998, as a tennis, squash and badminton player. In tennis, Mrs. Stauffer was captain of two undefeated Penn teams (1948, 1949) and won the Middle States Intercollegiate Tennis title three of her four years. She was the 1948-49 recipient of the University’s Association of Alumnae Fathers’ Trophy, which is presented annually to the woman who “is recognized for her contribution to Women’s Athletics at the University of Pennsylvania.”
However, it was on the squash courts after graduation where Mrs. Stauffer truly made her mark. Overall, she won a staggering 16 different United States Squash and Racquet Association (USSRA) championships. Mrs. Stauffer was national women’s single champion in 1951 and also won multiple doubles titles in the women’s, mixed and senior women’s divisions.
Mrs. Stauffer won her first national championship in 1950 and her last in 1978; according to the USSRA, the 28-year span is the longest-running championship career in squash history. In October, she will be inducted into the USSRA Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Drexel University.
Locally, Mrs. Stauffer garnered six Philadelphia district and three Pennsylvania state women’s singles championships.
Services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church. Burial is private.