Dr. Jane Colfax
made history by becoming the first female obstetrician-gynecologist to practice at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson at a time when female physicians were rare. After serving as an Army nurse during World War II, she attended Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1955. Colfax was very dedicated and it is estimated that she has delivered some 2,000 babies during her long career. She contracted Lyme disease during the 1980′s and went undiagnosed for years. Eventually, she had to give up her practice because she lost the use of her hands. Dr. Colfax was confined to bed for almost twelve years before she passed away.
Colfax died June 15, 2005 of a stroke, secondary to Lyme disease.