In Memory

Janet Sharon Boe


Janet died of breast cancer on May 4, 2007 with her devoted, loving husband Thom Soule by her side. She was 55 years young and had much, much more to give to this world. Despite crippling brain metastasis she never complained, never looked back, giving as much as she could until she died. She never lost her grace or dignity and always made others around her comfortable.

Janet was born on April 15, 1952 to Torleif and Emma Boe in Fosston, MN. She was a graduate from St. Lukeís School of Nursing in Duluth and worked as a nurse until 1989. She earned a degree in Biology in 1977 from the University of North Dakota and a masterís degree in Botany from the University of Minnesota in 1981. She was awarded a PhD in Zoology (avian ecology) from North Dakota State University in 1991. She taught sciences as a sabbatical replacement at Itasca Community College and at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. In 1992, she began working for the Minnesota County Biological Survey with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. In 1998, she became the Regional Plant Ecologist for the Northwest region of Minnesota. She remained in the position until 2006 when she took a medical disability.

Although most of Janet's education and professional life was botanical her real passions were Zoology and writing about natural history to raise the awareness and appreciation of others. She was an eloquent speaker, teacher and writer. As a strong advocate for women in science, she was a role model for others with her quiet unassuming but effective leadership.

Memorials may be sent in Janetís name to Heifer International or Hospice Care of Bemidji.

"It is only when we can believe that we are creating the soul that life has any meaning, but when we can believe it--and I do and always have--then there is nothing we do that is without meaning and nothing that we suffer that does not hold the seed of creation in it.

---May Sarton