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In memory: Jane Goggin

Jane Goggin was The Raptor Center's rehabilitation coordinator.

The Raptor Center has lost a dear friend and colleague: Jane Goggin, our longtime rehabilitation coordinator. Jane lost her battle with cancer on July 27, 2008.

A 20-year employee of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, Jane joined the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory as a student laboratory assistant in 1988, where she worked part-time while volunteering at The Raptor Center and Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic. In 1992, she received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Minnesota and joined The Raptor Center as a laboratory technician. She later became a raptor care specialist, then rehabilitation coordinator, overseeing the rehabilitation and release of 250-300 eagles, hawks, owls, and falcons a year.

Jane was highly regarded for her dedication and expertise in the management of captive wild raptors, especially bald eagles. She was an excellent teacher, known for her quiet patience with the many veterinarians, volunteers, staff, and students with whom she worked in The Raptor Center’s clinic. She was also actively involved in raptor conservation efforts, particularly the peregrine falcon recovery and monitoring project.

Jane was The Raptor Center’s conscience when it came to recycling and reducing waste, and she was committed to creating a sustainable lifestyle. Her leisure-time interests included birding, music, and working with stained glass. She made no secret of her love of chocolate.

Jane was married to Rich Goggin for more than 30 years. The couple’s travels took them to Africa, Costa Rica, England, and the Galapagos Islands.

"Jane's passion for birds and conservation was infectious and her commitment to a sustainable lifestyle was amazing," said Dr. Julia Ponder, executive director. "Our hearts are with her family at this time of extreme sorrow, especially her dearly beloved husband, Rich. She will be missed enormously."

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