Ann LeFevre Mohan lost an eight-month battle with pancreatic cancer on June 21, 2006 at her adopted home on Whidbey Island, WA. She had moved to the Northwest after spending most of her adult life in the suburban Washington, DC area, where she owned a technical writing and editing business.
In the summer following her Carleton graduation, Ann married Charles Mohan, Carleton ’62, and the newlyweds were soon training for a Peace Corps assignment in Kenya. For nearly two years, Ann worked with Kenyan women associated with agricultural cooperatives set up after land reform turned over colonial land to native Kenyans.
An English major at Carleton, she found herself doing animal husbandry, sanitation, and assisting a veterinarian doing biological disease screening for cattle and other farm animals. Returning from Kenya, the Mohans lived in Syracuse, NY while Chuck finished his graduate studies, and then moved to the Washington area.
Ann had two children, a son and a daughter, raising them in Reston, VA. Following a 1980 divorce, Ann was later remarried, to Andy Procko of Reston, in 1983.
In the late 70s, Ann returned to the work force, and took positions at the Council for Exceptional Children, Reston Publishing, and the National Archives. During this time, she began doing technical editing for a major national publisher that had an outpost in Reston, and when the office was closed, she bought the desktop equipment and opened her own technical editing operation, WordCrafters Inc.
The company specialized in editorial services, preparing and editing technical manuals for a national clientele. Her work occasionally took her to the Pacific Northwest.
In 2005, she sold her interest in the firm and moved to Whidbey Island, WA, on Puget Sound near her daughter and two of her four grandchildren. An obituary in the Reston newspaper said she spent her time there gardening, walking on the beach, playing with grandchildren and watching birds that frequented her property.
Jennifer Donahue, her daughter, said she valued her time at Carleton, despite its academic pressures. “She loved to travel and was always up for an adventure and a chance to learn something new. Even after her diagnosis with pancreatic cancer, we went to Mexico to go whale watching in the Pacific Ocean,” Jennifer said. “Ann had an amazing sense of humor, a sharp mind, and she always brought a calming presence to life’s storms.”