Janet "Jan" Heling

Photograph included with student application. Courtesy of Western Regional Archives


General Studies




1943 - 1947



Lindenhurst, NY



Missoula, MT

Janet Heling was a student from 1943 to 1947. Jan applied after meeting Johanna Jalowetz and focused in French, though she took courses across many fields.

As shared by the Black Mountain College Museum & Art Center, "Jan was an educator at heart and worked in early childhood education for many years. In the mid to late 1960s in Montana, she established and directed the first Head Start program on a Native American reservation. In the early 1980s, Jan and Richard built a log house near Superior, MT where they lived together with no electricity until Richard’s death in 2007. Afterward, Jan carried on alone there on the banks of Oregon Creek, amid the beauty of the natural world and with the support of her many friends and two children."


Husband: Fellow BMC Student Richard Roberts, October 3, 1947

Courses Taken

Fall 1943-1944: Sociology with H. Miller, Introductory Writing with Wunsch, Review of Math with M. Strauss (Ted Dreier), French I with F. deGraaff.

Winter 1943-1944:Anthropology with Paul Radin, French with F. deGraaff, Eukinetics with E. Kahl, Sociology with H. Miller, Weaving with A. Albers, Chorus with H. Jalowetz.

Spring 1943-1944: Social Survey with Miller, Anthropology Tutorial with Radin, French I with deGraaff, Weaving with A. Albers, Eukinetics I with Kahl, Chorus with H. Jalowetz.

Fall 1944-1945: Introductory Drama with Wunsch, Herman Melville: Introduction to American Writing with Kazin, Contemporary Problems with Miller, Voice with J. Jalowetz, Chorus with H. Jalowetz, Woodworking with Gregory.

Winter 1944-1945: Contemporary Problems with Miller, Woodworking with Gregory, voice with J. Jalowetz, American Literature since the Civil War with David Corkran, Chorus with Jalowetz.

Spring 1944-1945: Contemporary Problems with Miller, American Literature since the Civil War with Corkran, Woodworking with Gregory, Voice with J. Jalowetz, Psychology and Aesthetics with Zabriskie, Chorus with Jalowetz and Basic Mathematics with Dehn.

No cards for Fall 1946- appears to have taken up being the dietician for the campus, planning and fixing meals etc.

Spring 1946-1947: Weaving I and Weaving II with F. Mayer and Trude Guermonprez, Farming with Trayer and Moles, Voice with J. Jalowetz.

Summer 1947: Weaving with Mayer

Janet Heling weaving class notes, Basket Weave pattern. (BMCRP)

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