Monday, December 9, 2013

Janice Hall Quilligan (1922-2015)

Author, Poet, Businesswoman, Graphologist, Teacher
Born January 1, 1922, Brooklyn, New York
Died August 24, 2015

Janice Hall Quilligan was born on New Year's Day 1922 to Maurice J. and Marjorie Quilligan of Brooklyn, New York. Maurice was a U.S. Army veteran of World War I and a salesman of books and magazines. In 1942, he gave his occupation as sales manager for St. Joseph Magazine. Janice's siblings included Leila F., John R., and Maurice W. Quilligan.

Janice H. Quilligan graduated from Bay Ridge High School in Brooklyn and from Hunter College in Manhattan. She worked ten years as reserve director of Bozell & Jacobs, Inc., an advertising and public relations agency. According to her obituary, Janice "had numerous articles and poems published in American and Canadian magazines" during the 1940s and '50s. These included "Avalon" a poem published in the May 1943 issue of Weird Tales when its author was twenty-one years old. "Avalon" had previously been published in the yearbook of Hunter College.

Janice married Ralph Bottenus in 1962 and had one daughter, Valerie H.Q. Bottenus. In 1986, four years after the death of her husband, Janice Bottenus married Felix Klein (1911-1994), a Viennese-born graphologist and a survivor of the Holocaust. Her obituary states that "Janice studied and worked with him in his business, Manhattan Handwriting Consultant, which she carried on after his death in 1994." She wrote Loving Language: A Child Embraces Her Life Through Words (2005, as by Janice Bottenus-Klein) and arranged for the publication of Gestalt Graphology: Exploring the Mystery and Complexity of Human Nature Through Handwriting Analysis (2007), a collection of her late husband's papers. She was well loved, a world traveler, and a "devoted correspondent."

Janice Hall Quilligan Bottenus Klein died on August 24, 2015, at age ninety-three and was buried at Greenwood Union Cemetery in Rye, New York. 

Janice Hall Quilligan's Poem in Weird Tales
"Avalon" (May 1943)

Further Reading
"Guide to the Papers of Felix Klein (1911-1994): 1930-2001" at the website of the Leo Baeck Institute Center for Jewish History, New York, New York, here.
"Paid Notice: Deaths: Klein, Janice Hall" in the New York TimesAug. 28, 2015, here.

Janice Hall Quilligan, a photographic portrait from the yearbook of Hunter College, 1945. Courtesy of Valerie Bottenus by way of Randal A. Everts.


Revised January 6, 2017
Thanks to Randal A. Everts for locating the obituary of Janice Hall Klein and to Valerie Bottenus for further information and the photograph of her mother from 1945.


Text copyright 2017 Terence E. Hanley

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