Janet Breed bio

Janet Phillips Breed passed away on July 20, 2020. Jan was born in 1935 in Patterson, NJ, the daughter of Ida Thompson and Harold Moore Phillips. Jan had one brother, Daniel (Danny) Phillips, who predeceased her.

Jan graduated from Robert E. Fitch High School in 1953. She went on to graduate from Simmons College for Women in 1957. During her high school years she was a member of the National Honor Society and she was the junior and senior year prom princess. More important was her position as advertising manager of the school newspaper, “The Scarlet Manager.” With her leadership the newspaper became financially self sustaining.

In 1948 Jan was diagnosed with childhood diabetes by Dr. Elliot P. Joslin of the world renowned Joslin Research and Diabetic Clinic. Dr. Joslin took care of Jan for ten years.

Jan excelled during her college years. She was elected by the student body to Honor Board Chairman which was very active since the college was run entirely by the honor system.

Following college graduation with a BS degree in Business Administration, Jan married Ltjg., USCG Alan D. Breed, in August 1957. They left for Seattle where Alan was assigned to the USCG Ice Breaker Northwind. Her husband’s various assignments took them north and south on the West Coast and to Yokohama, Japan for 3 years, and then to the East Coast for the remainder of his CG career.

Following Alan’s retirement he was a founder and COO of a new company. This position brought him back to the DC area where they lived in McLean, VA for 20 years and then to Goodwin House, Bailey’s Crossroads, Falls Church for the last 10 + years.

The Breeds shared a very happy, congenial and loving relationship. They did everything together, helping each other in whatever endeavor. They ran a 35 table duplicate bridge game in Arlington, VA. They were accredited Bridge teachers and Life Masters Bridge players. They did four world cruises (January to May) on the Crystal Cruise Line ships.

Jan said she owed her successful long 72 years with a life long disease to the excellent care she received, her parents, Joslin Clinic and her husband. Her husband continued the same support and understanding of her diabetes and its limitations. She lived with a positive attitude, a passion for entertaining, cooking and reading.

She had a real appreciation for life. She was generous and thoughtful in thought and deed. She was a friend to everyone, elegant, gracious and a lovely lady.