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September 10, 2013
I'm sitting at my desk, more than a year after Joy's passing, but having only just learned of it. I first met Joy when I came to NY to speak at a CAS conference and just loved the experience of meeting Joy, Jane Quinn and colleagues. We emailed afterwards and a couple of years on, learning that she was to holiday in Rome with Paul and his family, I invited myself to join them. We had a ball: I was looking at the photos only the other day. I am so sorry that I dropped out of touch after that - but I thought of her often. For me, she was an inspiration, a life force, a force for good, a crusader for children and families, a visionary, a revolutionary, warmth, the most fun, a role model...Miss you Joy but may we all go on living out your inspiration and work in the world in your honour. Recently Paul tried to contact me on Linkedin but there is a technical problem with my account at present: I would love to hear from you Paul and indeed any friend of Joy's. Love and great memories - Chloe
January 12, 2013
It's been almost a year since Joy's passing, but her beautiful smile, and her inspiration still totally alive. I'm thankful that she crossed my path! Hersilia
May 04, 2012
May 4, 2012

I could not have asked for a better guide into the world of full service community schools than Joy. I had the unbelievable good fortune to meet Joy when I became the director of Boston's Full-service Schools Roundtable in 2007. While I 'knew' the fields of family engagement, out-of-school time, early childhood, and partnerships, it was Joy's vision and drive that was instrumental in developing a more comprehensive, coordinated, and integrated approach at the school and system level.

The memories I cherish most are hearing Joy's stories - both personal and work-related - about breaking down barriers and the time we spent 'on the road'. In particular was one visit to the MIT Museum where we played with and marveled at holograms and the latest engineering breakthough designs. Joy was a keen observer who opened my eyes and heart in ways that I will never forget.
March 23, 2012
How Joy will be missed! And, by those of us who worked with her to equalize access to safe and effective family planning and reproductive health services. Joy was a big part of setting that effort on a firm foundation of data and analysis - putting her caring and clear thinking to work to show policy makers and program folks what needed to be done.
Joy loved her family, George and Paul, cared about people, important and less recognized, and left her mark on us and our world.
Three cheers for Joy!
March 22, 2012
I only knew Joy by phone. We spoke several times about increasing the relationships between communities and schools. I really appreciated and valued our conversations. May strength, peace, and fond memories be with her family.
Dr. Debra R. Sullivan
Praxis Institute for Early Childhood Education
Seattle, Washington
March 21, 2012
The staff of the Center for School and Community Services of FHI 360 (formerly AED) deeply appreciate Joy's steady commitment and generous collegiality throughout the years. She was a thoughtful, critical friend to us in our work with adolescents and their school communities.

We send our sympathy to her family and know that we will continue to be guided by her wisdom and caring.

Patrick Montesano, Director, Center for School and Community Services, FHI 360
March 21, 2012
Joy was like the wonderful mother-in-law I never had. Brilliant and opinionated (but never in a shrill way) she made an enormous contribution to the world, to children, and to her own family. She will be greatly missed.
Susan Rodgers Eacker, Ph.D.
March 21, 2012
Joy was a dynamic leader for children, particularly those at risk. But her enormous contribution in that field was also matched by her gentle grace, her very real sense of humor and her always growing intelligence.

From her life in Hastings, to her leadership in Washington; from her social dinners that she and George led for so many years to her insightful creativity in the face of conventionalism, Joy was a special presence in the lives of so very many men, women and children. I will miss her, and our nation is an emptier place with her loss....Jeff Newman, National Child Labor Committee
March 21, 2012
Joy,it has been a JOY. You helped to conceive and create how children are educated through community schools.Thanks to your knowledge of children and how they learn, your insightful and independent mind and importantly your bold determination have changed education for the better in ways that have set the stage for generations to come; a fine example of Margart Mead's admotion on how to change the world.
Truely, a Joy! Thanks RIP
March 21, 2012
I was a lucky kid to get very close to Nana and talked about a broad range of issues like schooling and governments, as my 10th grade was spent living with Paul's family, when we made often visits to her. She always asked insightful questions and shared her life experiences with us kids. She had the wisdom and power to make everyone around her feel important and safe. I felt cheered and mind-stretched even taking a walk around summer cottage, when she'd used many humors and affirmative statements about observations, as if she was savoring the vacation or life at large. Seeing her last year was the best part after 10 years living far- away; it reassured me of her beautiful presence in personality and way of life. She was always elegant and joyful, as if forever holds an inquisitive mind to any topics we share. I will always remember her inspirational eyesight and lovely smile. The people who benefited from her books will always remember her contribution to education as well. I have the deepest respect for a spirit like Nana. Will always love you Nana.
March 21, 2012
I am so sorry to hear of Joy's passing. I had the priviledge of knowing and workng with this magnificent woman for several years. What a "joy" Joy was! Fonda Lifrak
March 21, 2012
Joy didn't just see what was wrong--she was able to imagine whole new structures to solve social problems, from school-based health centers to community schools. Her combination of insight, creativity, advocacy, leadership and of course energy, changed all our lives for the better.

This morning I was thinking about how Joy's clear-sighted wisdom and inimitable drive led to her founding a newsletter for the residents and creating a beautiful garden at Center Communities Senior Housing.

Joy was a mentor, an inspiration, and a dear friend. I miss her every moment.
March 20, 2012
With sympathy my heart goes out to Joy's family. She was an inspiration both in thought and in deed. In the 1990's when I founded and directed the National Center for Schools and Communities, Joy not only served as an advisor to the Center, but she also contributed articles for our publications and words of wisdom at our conferences. I will be forever grateful to her for her vision and her willingness to do the hard work it takes to unite schools and communities for the benefit of children and families.
March 20, 2012
I met Joy when Linkages to Learning was expanding in Montgomery County, and launching its School Based Health Centers. As others have said, Joy's ability to connect research and best practice from the field was persuasive with policymakers and affirming for those of us working with Community Schools. During a time with so much pressure to define success by academic achievement alone, Joy's advocacy for responsive community schools that support academics while meeting the broader needs of children and families was refreshing. She will be missed but not forgotten. Wishing family, friends and colleagues much comfort as we mourn her loss.
March 20, 2012
I considered Joy one of my mentors. I met her in 2007, during a research project on community schools. She immediately invited me to her home, so we can chat about the history of the movement. I went to her place several times. We set in her living room, looking through old books, we took brief walks around her neighborhood, and we chatted over meals. Ever since we met, she was there for me. She always had wonderful feedback, words of encouragement, and was a phone call away for any questions I might have. One of her last emails to me started with, “How wonderful for our emerging field of com schs that we begin to have a history.” Joy was an amazing individual, nurturing of the emerging researchers and practitioners in the youth development field. Her contribution to the field will forever be foundational to the work we do going forward. What an incredible human being! I will miss you, and I know the whole field feels the same way.
March 20, 2012
Joy was a force. In her later years she was a tireless advocate for community schools, but ‘back in the day' when I first met her in the early 80s, Joy was enlightening all who would listen about a new way to get services to adolescents—the school-based health centers. Her vision and staying power in support of both the centers and community schools were inspirational and daunting. Inspirational because she played a key role in moving the centers and community schools forward and daunting because few of us do in our entire careers what she did ‘in retirement'.
March 20, 2012
The lessons that Joy taught me as I was her research assistant in Boston were innumerable. From discipline to heart-led work, Joy was a constant inspiration. She moved with a joyful, positive spirit that was contagious and I do not believe the word "obstacle" was in her vocabulary; I cherished any time that I got to be in her presence. I was honored to give my first born daughter the middle name of Joy. As she grows, I plan to tell her of the amazing, courageous, vigorous woman, Joy Dryfoos, from which her beautiful middle name came. My condolences to her family, whom she loved so very dearly.
With Love, Katie Tobin Thornton
March 20, 2012
Joy Dryfoos - an important inspiration from my earliest years in Washington. As I worked at the National Governors Association on helping states to coordinate children and family services and on to the Children's Defense Fund alongside the staunch advocates for adolescent pregnancy prevention, Joy Dryfoos' work was always held up as an exemplar of the best thinking. Now, more than 25 years later, as I work to help schools of greatest need across the country for NEA, I see so clearly how right Joy was that 'schools can't do it alone' and that we need communities and families to broaden students' chances for success. I will miss her clear thinking and sharp vision.
March 20, 2012
Joy was such an inspiration for all of us. I helped to start the first masters-level training program for community school leaders at The School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. Joy's research, perspective, and wise words have helped in every aspect of our work to support the community schools movement.

It was a privilege to know her. I really appreciated her warmth and humor.

I extend my deepest condolences to her family.
March 20, 2012
I am so sorry to hear of Joy's passing. I have known Joy since I was a child spending the summers in Sag Harbor where she, Paul and George also vacationed. We were then fortunate to reconnect in my adulthood again in Sag, and later in Boston when she moved here and came to see me at The Home for Little Wanderers. I shared her passing with my mother, Vivian Wallace, and she sends her deep condolences too.


Joan Wallace-Benjamin
March 20, 2012
I met and was inspired by Joy early in my career. I will always be greatful for her wisdom and gentle guidance.
Ann Segal
March 20, 2012
Remembering Joy Dryfoos
More than any single person, Joy Dryfoos was the inspiration behind the revitalization of the community schools movement in this country and the development of the Coalition for Community Schools.
Joy was a rigorous researcher, who sought to help people understand the truth about the lives of disadvantaged young people. Joy was not content just doing the research; she pushed people to act and make changes to better the lives of young people...
I remember meeting Joy nearly 20 years ago as part of the development of the Together We Can Guide. She joined our last study panel meeting and pressed hard for simplicity and clarity in our effort to describe how education and human services must work together. She wanted us to get the ‘nuts and bolts' straight so people in the field would have a clear picture of what to do.
Joy did that in her first book about community schools published in 1994, Full-Service Schools: A Revolution in Health and Social Services for Children, Youth, and Families, helping people begin to see the potential for change in joint action by schools and human services organizations of all kinds.
And her book Inside Full Service Community Schools, written in 2002 with Sue Maguire, an elementary school principal, Joy took the next step using Sue's experience to give people a road map for action.
By then Joy had become a founding partner in the Coalition for Community Schools. She was the only individual that the Coalition, a network of organizations, ever had as a partner, and she fulfilled that role for many years, helping the Coalition get organized, develop a coherent vision, and move to action.

It was Joy who first brought the American Federation of Teachers in as a Coalition partner, and now the AFT is among the most important resources in the community schools movement.
Most of all however, I will remember Joy as an endlessly positive and warm person. The picture you see of Joy tells the story – a woman having a good time, toasting community schools, and celebrating life.
She was always grateful for what we were trying to do to organize more community schools across the country to help kids succeed. And Joy was especially full of pride about what people in local communities were doing. She never failed to have a kind word about what the Coalition was doing, but always pushing us to do more.
Every one of us involved with community schools today owes a debt to Joy Dryfoos. She will forever be a giant in our field, and I will always hear her asking me…and you…how is it going? Can't we do more?
May her memory, and her inspiration, be a blessing to us all.
Martin Blank
President Institute for Educational Leadership
Director, Coalition for Community Schools
March 20, 2012
I had the pleasure of working with Joy staring in the 1980's. She was a major influence on my career choices and it was a privlidge to have discussions with her about our shared interests. In 2007 the organization I now work for gave Joy our Outstanding Achivement Award to recognize her contributins to school based health centers and to the careers af many developing evaluators, authors and advocates. Please acept my condolences for your loss and know it is shared by many of us who looked up to her as a leader and mentor.
March 19, 2012
Joy's work and writing about Full Service Community Schools shaped the whole future of my career. Her sincere, thoughtful and passionate report of the work going on in communities is inspirational and powerful. I send my deepest condolences and will treasure her memory. Sincerely.
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