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Joan Moos ’47

Joan Rosenbaum Moos ’47, July 27, 2004, in Northampton, Massachusetts, from metastatic breast cancer. After receiving a BA in biology from Reed and a PhD in zoology from Columbia University in New York in 1955, Joan moved to Evanston, Illinois, with her husband, Carl Moos, and then to Buffalo, New York, in 1959. In 1963, she joined the dean of students office at State University of New York at Buffalo, beginning what would evolve into a career in academic administration. In 1966, the family moved to SUNY at Stony Brook, where she again worked in student affairs. In 1969, she moved into undergraduate academic administration, finally as associate vice-provost for academic affairs from 1979 until her retirement in 1993. Although she served on many faculty and administrative committees, her first love throughout her career was working directly with individual students to help them negotiate the complexities of academic rules and regulations in order to achieve their personal goals. Joan was also particularly supportive of the efforts of peer organizations of black and other minority students and faculty devoted to motivating minority students academically and helping them succeed in the predominantly white university environment. After retirement, she and her husband moved to Northampton, Massachusetts, where she enjoyed family visits and other travel, and also contributed her considerable talents as a knitter and seamstress to the making of doll clothes for sale to support the Northampton Council on Aging. Survivors include her husband, who supplied the details for this memorial; and their two daughters and son; six grandchildren; plus two step-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: November 2004

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