Jane White Tyson Cassady

ATHENS, Ga. — Jane White Tyson Cassady, 66, of Athens, Ga., passed away Saturday, February 8, 2014.

A native of High Point, N.C., Mrs. Cassady was the daughter of the late Dr. Thomas David Tyson Jr. and Virginia Masters Tyson and was preceded in death by her sister, Virginia Tyson Corpening. Mrs. Cassady graduated from the University of Georgia in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and English. She was a member of Sigma Pi Alpha Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and she later returned to the University of Georgia to earn a Master of Historic Preservation degree at the School of Environmental Design in 1997 and was most recently a preservation consultant.  

Mrs. Cassady had served on the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Historic Preservation Division, the Kentucky Heritage Council, the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, and the NE Georgia Regional Development Center. She authored “Preserving Cultural and Historic Landscapes: A Study of Preservation Policies and Techniques” in 1997 and co-authored “The New Georgia Guide” in 1996. Mrs. Cassady served on the Athens-Clarke Historic Preservation Commission from 1989-1994 and 2003 and was commission chair from 1991-1994 as well as being secretary of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions. She also served as a board member of the Preservation Action in Washington, D.C., and was a founding member of “Preservation Kentucky.

Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Scott H. Cassady of Athens, Ga.; daughters, Jeanne Van Ronzelen of North Wales, Penn., and Brooke Cassady of New Orleans, La.; brother, Thomas David Tyson III of High Point, N.C., and grandchildren, Henry Haxton and Lyla Jane.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Preservation Kentucky, P.O. Box 5192, Frankfort, KY 40602.

Online condolences may be offered at www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com.

Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.

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  • My sincerest condolences to the family of Mrs. Cassady. ¬†She was truly a leader in historic preservation efforts in Kentucky and elsewhere and she will be greatly missed.