Dr. Jane Decker earned an A.B. from Mount Holyoke College, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Yale University, where she studied plant anatomy and systematics. Her association with Ohio Wesleyan University began as a Visiting Assistant Professor, 1965-1966, a Visiting Associate Professor, 1968-1973, followed by a regularly appointed full-time Assistant Professor in 1973, filling the position left vacant by her husband, Dr. Hemy Decker, who had held the position since coming to Delaware, Ohio, in 1962. Dr. Decker was a distinguished scholar, superb educator, and powerful role model. Her outstanding career was varied with research and publications on the internal structure of tropical plants, teaching of general and advanced botany courses, and active membership in many professional scientific societies. Jane Decker was the recipient of Ohio Wesleyan University’s highest award for outstanding teaching, the Bishop Herbert Welch Meritorious Teaching Award, presented to her during the Spring 1988 Commencement Program. She was highly respected and admired by the students whose lives she touched. She steadfastly supported the study of botany and presented her students an education of the highest scientific integrity and scholarship. She served as a positive role model and source of constant encouragement and inspiration for young women entering professional careers in science. Many students have expressed their hope to be able to live up to the high standards Jane set for herself and for them. Professor Decker died of cancer in November, 1988. As a memorial to her life, which was very much involved with plants, Ohio Wesleyan University established the Jane M. Decker Arboretum on the campus.