Janet Lamott Obituary
 
In Memory of

Janet Hill Lamott

October 14, 1935 - April 26, 2014
Obituary

Janet passed away in the presence of loving family on Saturday, April 26th 2014. She was born Janet Willson Hill in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, to Naval Officer Andrew J. Hill and Jean Willson Hill. Her friends and family considered her a "Kama'aina" (native Hawaiian) because of her "Aloha" spirit and love of the ocean. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, her family was evacuated by the Navy to the U.S. mainland. A "water-baby" from start, Janet swam on a kids' swim team, coached by Florence Chadwick, world-renowned English Channel swimmer. As an almost 12-year old, Janet competed in special children's races in the U.S. Men's...
Janet passed away in the presence of loving family on Saturday, April 26th 2014. She was born Janet Willson Hill in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, to Naval Officer Andrew J. Hill and Jean Willson Hill. Her friends and family considered her a "Kama'aina" (native Hawaiian) because of her "Aloha" spirit and love of the ocean. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, her family was evacuated by the Navy to the U.S. mainland.

A "water-baby" from start, Janet swam on a kids' swim team, coached by Florence Chadwick, world-renowned English Channel swimmer. As an almost 12-year old, Janet competed in special children's races in the U.S. Men's Outdoor Championships of 1947, at the Navy 5th Street, San Diego, pool. Janet's local schooling, was at Loma Portal Elementary, Dana Jr. High and Pt. Loma High (class of '53). During that period of her life, the family also spent two years in Japan (1948 and 1949).

Two years at Stanford was followed by two at Pomona College (class of '57) and marriage in December 1956 to David Lamott. Janet trained to be a Medical Laboratory Science Technologist at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica. A working mother of three girls, Janet interrupted her career a few times for them. She finished her working years with 15 at the San Diego County Sheriff's Crime Lab as a "Criminalist" forensic alcohol and narcotics analyst and expert witness.

Janet and David, following the example of their three swimming daughters, began "Masters" swimming in 1972, competing in pool meets and open-water events. Janet also became a stalwart international outrigger canoe paddler for the Hanohano and San Diego clubs from age 50 – 58, 1985 – 1993. In 1999, Janet was the "accompanying swimmer" for Carol Sing's solo of the English Channel.

Janet's other accomplishments include being the then-oldest (at 61), known modern woman to swim from one Hawaiian island to another and the National record for women 60-64 for the 10-mile Huntington Beach to Seal Beach, California ocean swim. Janet was on relay teams for Maui and Catalina channel swims, the latest a 6-woman, all-in-their 70's, relay of the Catalina Channel, 2012. In her 60's and 70's, Janet spent every day year-round swimming with dear friends off La Jolla Cove, usually more than one mile and often in mid-50 degree water temperatures.

Janet was very fond of underwater photography and "Snorkel Safaris" and recently explored exotic waters in the Seychelles, Hawaii and many locations in the South Pacific's "Coral Triangle". She has left behind many photo albums of colorful coral and creatures.

Janet is survived by David; children: Jo Anna Lamott, Jenny Lamott and Jill O'Beirne (Kevin); three grandchildren: Megan and Dan O'Beirne, and Sage Lamott; sister, Dorsey Gale (Alfred) and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Janet was loved by all, was a role-model for many younger women, and is dearly missed.

A memorial service will be held at the Pt. Loma Community Presbyterian Church, Saturday, May 17th, at 1:00 PM. Aloha attire is welcome. A "Swim/Paddle-out" will be held at La Jolla Cove/Shores, Saturday, June 28th, 08:30 AM, reception following. In lieu of flowers, donations will be appreciated for the Stephen Birch (Scripps) Aquarium, and/or the "Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment" (preservation of coral reefs and fishes).

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