Fulton-Theroux Funeral Service

13 Beckwith Ln, Old Lyme, CT


Janet S. Littlefield

January 15, 1921September 6, 2019

Niantic- Janet Speirs York Littlefield, formerly of Old Lyme, died Friday September 6, 2019 at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. Mrs. Littlefield was born January 15 1921 in New London, the daughter of John and Helen (Clark) Speirs. Janet graduated from Morgan High School in Clinton and went on to University of Connecticut where she graduated with a BS degree in physical education in 1942. She continued her education at Boston University where she earned a MS degree in social work in 1948. She joined the Women’s Army Corps in 1943 and served in Algeria and Italy where she headed the women’s motor pool until her discharge in 1945. She started her career in corrections in 1948 at the Connecticut State Farm for Women as a parole officer,was promoted to Superintendent in 1960and became the first woman to serve as Connecticut’s Deputy Commissioner of Corrections in 1969. a position she held until her retirement in1977. In 1994 the state named its new facility in Niantic the Janet S. York Correctional Institution. Mrs. Littlefield is survived by her daughter Ann York and her son Allan (wife Jacqueline) York all of North Carolina. She is predeceased by her husband Clyde Littlefield, sister Ann Speirs Traver, and brother John Speirs Jr. She also leaves stepson James (wife Georgia Lee) Littlefield of Niantic, stepson David Littlefield and companion Elene Desillier of Old Lyme. In addition she leaves 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren,she also leaves her long time friend and cousin DONNA Speirs and Carolyn Wakeman and her large and loving family of nieces, nephews, cousins and caregivers. Mrs. Littlefield was involved in numerous professional organizations and volunteered for many charitable activities. A detailed listing can be found on Fulton-Theroux Funeral website. Mrs. Littlefield was a avid gardener, golfer and serious bridge player being a lifetime member of the Old Lyme Country Club. She grew up boating and continued this activity throughout her life, making numerous trips to Florida and the south on her boat the Defiant. She continued boating late into her 90’s with family and friends. A memorial service will be held on September 28 at 1:00 at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme. Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to East Lyme or Old Lyme Historical Society or books or clothing to the York Prison by calling the Wardens office at 860 451-3211.

Deputy Commissioner Janet Speirs York (Mrs. Clyde Littlefield) Connecticut Department of Correction

Born: New London, CT 1/15/21

Home: Old Lyme, CT, Lieutenant River Lane, RR #4

Married: Clyde B. Littlefield, 4/29/1965

Children: Ann York, 2/11/49, New London, CT Allan York, 9/22/50, New London, CT James N. Littlefield, 11/26/44 David Littlefield, 12/26/50

Education: Old Lyme and New London County Grammar and High Schools, Graduate Morgan School, Clinton University of Connecticut - Bachelor's Degree, 1938-41 Boston University, School of Social Work, Master's Degree, 1946-48, (Social Work - Psychiatric

Employment: 1942-45 S/Sargent, Women's Army Corp. European Theater, Algiers, North African and Caserta, Italy 1945-46 Secretary, Saybrook Yacht Yard, Saybrook, CT 1947 Summer Case Worker, State Mental Hospital, Howard, R.I. 1948-56 Parole Officer, CT State Farm for Women, Niantic, CT 1956-57 Senior Parole Office,r CT State Farm for Women, Niantic, CT 1957-60 Assistant Supt., CT State Farm and Prison for Women, Niantic, CT 1960-68 Superintendant, CT State Farm and Prison for Women, Niantic, CT 1968-75 Deputy Commissioner, Women's Services, CT Dept. of Correction 1975-76 Deputy Commissioner, Field Services, CT Dept. of Correction

Professional Associations and Activities:

Connecticut Probation and Parole Association - Secretary 1955-56; Vice President, 1957; President, 1958-59, Executive Committee, 1959-60; Program Committee, 1960-61 New England Conference on Crime and Delinquency, 1948 - present: Executive Committee, 1957-59; Workshop Leader, The Woman Offender, 1957 National Association of Social Workers, member, 1948-present; Nominating Committee, 1959-61; Commission on Personnel Standards and Practices, 1960 American Correctional Association, 1955-present; Board of Directors; 1963-1968, 1972-73 Womens' Correctional Association, Present, 1965-66, Vice President and Program Chairman, 1963 White House Conference on Parole - 1956 National Conference on Crime and Delinquency, 1955, 1956, 1958; Professional Council , 1964-1971 Eastern Connecticut Public Welfare Association, Secretary, 1956 Field Supervisor, University of Connecticut, School of Social Work, 1959-60 Connecticut Conference of Social Work, Member 1950-70; Program Committee, 1957; Workshop Leader, "Casework in Probation and Parole," 1957; Sub-Div. Planning Committee, 1968; Board of Directors, 1967-68. New England Correctional Administrators Conference, 1964-1969, Sec., 1968 Governor's Council on Youth, board of Directors, 1967-68 Ad Hoc Committee, ACA for Executive Director, 1973; Nominating Committee, 1973 Maverick Corp. - Board of Directors, 1976 Hartford Coalition Criminal Justice, Board of Directors, 1976 Publications: American Journal of Corrections - Jan.Feb. 1966 "Group Therapy in One Women's Correctional Institution,: Bennett & York


Examiner - New York City Civil Service, 1973-1975 Wisconsin State Personnel Department, 1974-1975 Connecticut State Personnel Department, 1977 Consultant - ASA - State of Louisiana Institutions, 1970 Adjunct Professor, University of New Haven, Fall Semester 1977 Consultant - Committee on Accreditation for Corrections, 1977-1985 East Lyme, Old Lyme Historical Societies Meals on Wheels Duck River Cemetery Association


  • Memorial Service Saturday, September 28, 2019


Janet S. Littlefield

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