June 82024

Days to Race345

After many years as a Catholic nun, Joan was hired as secretary of the Anthropology Department at University of Wisconsin Madison, where we met. She took me and my 10-year-old (at that time) daughter under her wing and introduced us to Madison, where we spent the next two years as I worked on my graduate degree. Joan was diagnosed with breast cancer before I went off for summer field work after my second year, and was gone when I returned. She was a kind, helpful, and fun friend, and is much missed.