Joan Tupper Fleming PRESCOTT, AZ. Joan Tupper Fleming died March 16, 2013 at age 85 in Prescott, Arizona. She was the daughter of the late Louise and Alton Tupper and attended Seldon L. Brown elementary school, Alice L. Phillips Jr. High School and graduated with the class of 1945 from Gamaliel Bradford High School in Wellesley. She received her bachelors degree in English and secondary education from Skidmore College, her masters degree in elementary education from the University of Southern California and earned her Ed.D in educational administration from Arizona State University. Joans career in education began in 1962 as an elementary school teacher in the Watts area of Los Angeles City School District before and after the infamous 1960s riots. In 1969 she and her husband, Tom Fleming and their two sons, Kevin and Keith settled in Arizona. While there she taught in Phoenix and then became an elementary principal for a school in Casa Grande which served all of the on-reservation Native American students who attended public schools. Her husband died in 1982 and she retired to Prescott where she began an active life of public service. She served 19 years as a governing board member of the Prescott United School District and served as its president for five different terms. She also served on the Arizona School Boards Association and was president at one time. In addition, Joan served on the Prescott Chamber of Commerce Board and was president for one year. She was Prescott Area Leaderships 2008 Woman Leader of the Year . Joan is survived by her sons, Keith Thomas Fleming of Prescott and Kevin Foster Fleming of Chandler, AZ; daughter in law, Susan Fleming, grandchildren Jonathan Tupper Fleming and Kelsey Louise Fleming and sister in law, Connie, wife of her late brother, John. A celebration of her life will be held on April 7 in Prescott. Her family has established the Prescott High School Joan T. Fleming Memorial Scholarship Fund. Contributions can be sent to the high school, 1050 Ruth Street, Prescott, AZ, 86301. |
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Published in The Wellesley Townsman from Apr. 2 to Apr. 9, 2013