March 13, 2013 | Vol. 94, No. 60

Educator, lady to be missed by many

To the Editor:

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When Clarence Negri told me that his wife Joanie had passed, I was both surprised and disappointed. Surprised only to the fact she had passed. Disappointed in that it had happened and that I was unaware her time had come. We all knew Joanie was sick, that the end was coming, but is there really ever a date, an appropriate date, for a friend’s life to end?

Joanie taught at the Washington School for many years and I had the privilege to work with her for eight of them. She was a leader at school and made things happen. Many senior staff there today were but in their early yea...