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Saturday, July 26, 2014
Remembering Jane Pratt

A memorial was held for UID's late US president, Dr. Jane Pratt, on 14 June 2014. Jane's husband, John "Jed" Shilling, and their two daughters, Kaile and Kaitlin, were joined by friends, former colleagues, and others whose lives were touched by her.
In an email following this event, Jed wrote:
"We were very pleased with how well the Memorial went. The weather was beautiful, the garden was gorgeous, the music played by Chris, Ben, and Dean was lovely, and the thoughts expressed were very moving and fulfilling. We had very good food and great wine from our neighbor Manual. Jane's inspiration for this event was tremendous, and the help provided by our family and friends was great. We are sorry we will only have our memories about her going forward, but they do add a lot to our lives. Thank God we had those relations with her for as long as we did."



Dr. Dorothy Jane Pratt, PhD., 70, died Monday, August 12, 2013 in her home in Purcellville, VA. Before joining UID as its US president in 2004, Jane had had a fulfilling and inspiring career in the fields of global sustainable economic development and environmental protection. Among her numerous and pretigous positions, Jane served as Chief of Strategic Planning and Personal Assistant to the Senior Vice President at the World Bank and leader of the Bank's Office of UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED).

In 1994, Jane left the World Bank to lead the Mountain Institute, an international NGO devoted to conservation of mountain ecosystems and sustainable development for mountain people that respects their unique culture. And after eight years as the Mountain Institute's president and CEO, Jane went on to found EcoLogica, LLC, a consulting firm whose mission is to promote economic and ecologic sustainability.

At UID, Jane was one of the key supporters and advisors when the founding idea of the foundation was first conceived in the early 2000's. As its US president, Jane spearheaded UID's programs, activities and presence in the US, gave us precious advice and time, and connected us with tremendous individuals and organisations.

It's almost a year since Jane passed away, and we still can't find the right words to describe our loss of her. But we miss her dearly and know one thing for sure: She left this world a better place than she found it.

In response to Jed's email, UID trustee Cherie Nursalim wrote:
Dear Jed, Kaitlin, Kaile and families,

We dearly appreciate your sharing this special memorial and beautiful photos with us. Jane is dear to many as she is to our family and her 'United in Diversity' family and IDEAS friends in Indonesia, Singapore and China since our founding days..

There is a very well loved Chinese song 'The Moon Reflects My Heart'.. The full moon photo reminds me so much of the song that resonates deeply with me. The moon reflects the glory of the sun and quietly guides those in the dark. It is humble, gentle yet strong and persevering. It depicts in some ways the values of many women.. May we always remember dearest Jane when we see the full moon, and may her enduring virtues and radiant smile from heaven continue to nourish and guide all peoples and nature that she loves..


In sweet memory, Cherie Nursalim and family


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