Jan Glimn Lacy
































































In Loving Memory

On June 21st this year Janice Glimn Lacy died after many months of decline due to her illness. She was a loving wife and mother with several careers that served her creative and intellectual needs. She was a mentor and friend to many of the people she touched in her life. Her family would like you to have access to the obituary she wrote in her last weeks.


Janice Glimn Lacy, 78, died (June 21st 2013) of pulmonary fibrosis. Jan was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (MI) on Feb. 19, 1935.

In 1952, as a junior at Findlay High School (Ohio), she received the top Biology award from the State Junior Academy of Science of Ohio. In 1953 she graduated from Dearborn High School (MI).
Other schools attended were in Grand Rapids MI, Grand Haven MI, and Nashville, TN.

In 1953 she enrolled in the School of Nursing at the University of Michigan (U of MI) then in 1956 transferred to the College of Literature, Science and the Arts at the University. In 1956- 57 using paper electrophoresis in the study of cerebrospinal fluid proteins, she was a co-author in results published in the U of MI Medical School Bulletin.

In 1957 she married John D. Lacy, of Bloomfield Hills MI, in Ann Arbor, MI and dropped out of college.

In 1958 while working as a research assistant in the Anatomy Department of the U of MI Medical School, she developed and published the techniques for electron microscopy and taught the procedure to graduate students.

Upon John’s graduation in 1959, he reported to the US Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI. During that time Jan worked as an operating room technician at Newport Hospital. Jan developed the nursing technique for the handling of radium in the OR which was incorporated into their School of Nursing Syllabus. In 1960 as a laboratory technician for LaJolla Clinic Pathology she performed protein-bound iodine tests. Soon, working became impossible with the constant navy relocations. In 1963 while living in Nicosia, Cyprus, a civil war began. And in February 1964, she and her infant son (John Christopher) were evacuated to the safe haven of Beirut, Lebanon. They lived there until John’s tour of duty in Cyprus was completed in November. Then he was transferred to Quonset Point Naval Air Station in RI, where a second son (James Michael) was born to them in 1965.

In 1967, post-navy the family moved from Fountain Valley, CA to Garden City, MI. In 1970 with their two sons in grade school, she re-enrolled at the U of MI and graduated in 1973 with a BS in Botany. Thereafter, she worked as a senior research assistant in the Department of Botany. She also illustrated Ph.D. theses and articles, then co-wrote and illustrated botanical texts: Practical Botany (1983), Botany Illustrated (in print since 1984), Illustrated Michigan Trees (1981) and Plants: Their Biology and Significance (1989). She also taught botanical illustration in the adult education program at the U of MI.

In 1985 with sons in college at the U of MI, Jan and John moved to Indianapolis, IN. For several years she taught courses at the Indianapolis Art Center and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. After working as an independent landscape designer in Indianapolis for many years, she wrote and published a horticultural book, What Flowers When with Hints on Home Landscaping (1995) though her landscape design business, the Flower and the Leaf. In June 1997 her backyard color gardens were featured in Midwest Living Magazine.

In 2002, at the age of 67, she transferred credits from U of MI School of Art to the Herron School of Art and Design (IUPUI) and graduated with High Distinction in 2008 with a BFA in drawing. Meanwhile, she and her co-author produced a second edition of Botany Illustrated, published in 2006. Then she wrote and illustrated Growing Green, Plants for Food & Wildlife in the Midwest, a personal story (2011), unpublished. Art works were exhibited at the U of MI, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Art Center, Herron School of Art & Design and the Discovery Center at Eagle Creek Park. In 2012 one of her recent ink drawings was accepted into the 14th International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration, Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, September 26 to December 19, 2013.

Jan was a member of the Alumni Association of the U of MI, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the IMA Horticultural Society, the IMA Alliance, Arbutus Garden Club, the Book Arts Bunch, Readers’ Round Table, Michigan Botanical Club, the Nature Conservancy, the National Wildlife Federation, the Indianapolis Zoological Society, and a founding member of Marion County Master Gardeners Association, the Indiana Native Plant and Wild Flower Society and the IMA Garden Guide Program. For 13 years she worked as a volunteer at the IMA Greenhouse as curator of the orchid collection. She also volunteered for two years as an Oasis reading mentor of grade school children.

Survivors: Her husband John, of 56 years, sons John (Diane) of Lake Orion, MI, and James (Trinh) of Tustin, CA, brother Terry Glimn of Bark River. MI, nephew Dan Glimn (Sue) of Whitehall, PA, aunt Winifred Glimn of Studio City, CA, and cousins in MI, CA, and FL.


Jan believed that road/bridge construction near her home near 34th & 465 (west side) in Indianapolis produced excessive particulate matter that may have contributed to her acquiring pulmonary fibrosis.


Jan donated her body to the University of Indiana Medical School precluding a funeral. As mentioned above, a collection of her botanical illustration work has been accepted by the prestigious Hunt Institute at Carnegie Mellon University with a recent ink drawing to be included in the 14th International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration. The opening of the exhibition is scheduled for late September of this year. A memorial event is to be planned in conjunction with this event.

Her last book Growing Green, Plants for Food & Wildlife in the Midwest, a personal story is to be published and available at that time. Please use the contact below if you would like additional information about the events planned for late September of this year.

additional information available upon request.
Contact John Lacy (son) at 248-622-4992 or john@proshooter.com.