Janet B. Eglington, aged 93, passed away peacefully at her home in Los Altos on January 24. With a degree in bacteriology from the University of Idaho, she served in the U.S. Navy in WWII as a lab technician from 1943-45 at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Washington, D.C. In that capacity she met many key government players including members of the First Family and cabinet members who were treated at the hospital.
Youngest of five children by H.E. Burke and Marion Armstrong Burke, Janet grew up in Palo Alto and graduated from high school there.
After the war, she met Army veteran and later NASA research engineer, Robert W. Eglington at the University of California at Berkeley. They built a house in Los Altos in 1950 and remained married for 49 years until his death in 1996.
Janet served on the El Camino Hospital Auxiliary and was an active member of the Los Altos Community Methodist Church Choir for 57 years. She was an avid reader and supported/followed a myriad of issues and political causes.
Although religion was important to her, family was her main focus. She is survived by her three children Doug Eglington (Shari Eglington), Sammamish, WA; Alan Eglington, Los Altos, Mary Ellen (Carolee Bird), San Jose and two grandchildren Jared, Seattle, WA and Leah, Spokane, WA. She is survived by 21 nieces and nephews and their children as well.
A memorial service will be held at the Los Altos Community United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave. on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 10 am. In lieu of flowers her friends and relatives are urged to make donations to the Methodist Church Choir, Pathways Hospice Foundation or the cause or charity of choice.