Joan Bissell was a sweet, brilliant, totally dedicated champion of those who were underrepresented and underserved. Over her spectacular career of more than 40 years serving our society, she provided enlightened leadership and unselfish support for everyone who had the honor of working with her. Her loss is tragic, but her legacy will live on in the countless contributions she made during her lifetime.
Sadly, now is a time when a gathering of family, friends, and colleagues is not feasible. As a poor substitute, this Forum is a virtual gathering where friends, family, and colleagues are invited to share your thoughts, memories, and observations about Joanie. I will start the discussion with my own experience of Joanie.
My One True Love
The nearly 35 years I was married to Joanie were the most exhilarating, delightful, and satisfying years of my life. She was as brilliant and challenging in her personal life as she was in her career. Every day was filled with a shared pursuit of innovation and improvement in the education of our nation’s youth and a personal pursuit of inspiration through museums, art galleries, nature preserves, and the occasional wine tasting. Joanie was the cherished love of my life and I will miss her every day.