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Services for Jean C. Boylan, 81, of Rhinebeck and Mount Desert Island, Maine, were held Saturday in St. John's Episcopal Church, Barrytown. Burial was in Barrytown.

A longtime Buffalo-area resident, she died March 10, 1995, in Martin Memorial Hospital, Stewart, Fla., of complications following hip surgery. She had been vacationing in Hobe Sound, Fla.

Born Jean Curtin in Rochester, she was the daughter of the president of Burroughs Shoe Co. She attended Nazareth Academy, the University of Rochester, the University of Buffalo and the Goethe Institute in Munich, Germany.

She was married to Dr. John W. Boylan, a renowned renal physiologist, who for many years was a professor of medicine and physiology at UB.

She lived in the Buffalo area from 1947 to 1978, spending a year in Cambridge, England, in 1955, when her husband was a special research fellow, and two years in Germany and Spain from 1960 to 1962.

In England, she continued her lifelong studies in English literature, especially the work of Henry James. She helped found the Great Books Series in Buffalo and collected first editions of Henry James, Willa Cather and Elizabeth Bowen.

In 1978, she moved to Newington, Conn., where her husband was professor of medicine at the University of Connecticut and chief of staff at Newington Veterans Hospital. She moved to Rhinebeck from Guilford, Conn., after the death of her husband in 1991.

Surviving are two sons, John P. of Los Angeles and Terence of Rhinebeck; four daughters, Nuala, Anne and Molly, all of New York City, and Alma of South Freeport, Maine; two brothers, David Curtin of Guilford, Conn., and Dr. John Curtin; two sisters, Mildred Curtin Boylan and Marianne Curtin Hart, both of Rochester; and eight grandchildren.


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