* Jane F. Cazavelan; Psychologist, Horsewoman


Longtime psychologist and avid horsewoman Jane F. Cazavelan of Ojai died Jan. 5 at Ojai Valley Hospital. She was 68.

Cazavelan was diagnosed with a malignant tumor of the brain stem a few days before Thanksgiving. After she underwent surgery at UCLA Medical Center, it was determined that the tumor had spread from a cancerous lung.

Born the daughter of Italian immigrants in Pittsfield, Mass., Cazavelan worked her way through the University of Massachusetts, earning a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate. She was psychologist at Northampton State Hospital and Leeds Veterans Hospital in Massachusetts.


She moved to Ventura County in 1955 and joined the staff at Camarillo State Hospital. She developed the county’s mental health services in Simi Valley and was a member of the Ventura County Psychological Assn.

After her retirement 10 years ago, Cazavelan volunteered in disaster services with the American Red Cross in both the Ojai Valley and Ventura County chapters. Known affectionately as “Ojai Jane,” Cazavelan was recognized by the state and by the Red Cross for helping organize professional psychologists to provide assistance.

She also bred and exhibited horses and was well-known for Bay State Lolita, Las Posas Bravo, Las Posas Electo and Las Posas Damselita.

She is survived by her domestic partner of 22 years, Polly Bee of Ojai; three sisters; a brother; two nieces; and two nephews.

At her request, no formal services are planned. A party for her friends will be held at a time to be announced.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Red Cross, 2355 Portola Road, Ventura 93003.


Clausen Funeral Home in Ojai is in charge of arrangements.