Janet Lutz

1990 Special Award of Recognition

An outstanding water safety instructor at Brown University, Jan started her aquatic activity in 1949 as an assistant waterfront director at a Connecticut Girl Scout camp.  In 1950 she received her Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certificate and is currently active with the Red Cross (Narragansett Bay Chapter) as a volunteer instructor.

After graduation from Bouve-Boston School and receiving her Bachelor of Science degree from Tufts College in 1952, she taught Advanced Life Saving and Water Safety at Hobart-William Smith College in Geneva, N.Y.

Jan received her Master of Science degree from Syracuse University in 1958, and began her long career at Pembroke College (now merged with Brown University).  Throughout her 32 years at Brown, Janet has taught hundreds of students the fundamentals of swimming and water safety.  Many of her students have become valuable members of our community, serving as water safety instructors to our youth and senior citizens.

Jan has served on local Red Cross committees and boards, and has been a volunteer member of two National Aquatic Schools…Camp Gardner Lakes in Connecticut and Camp Tevya in Brookline, New Hampshire.  She has received the Red Cross Humanitarian Service Award, and was the swimming meet director for the first Rhode Island Special Olympics.