Joanne Easley Arnold, longtime resident of Boulder, died on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at Boulder Community Hospital. She was 83.
Born Marilyn Joanne Easley to Orland R. and Bernice Daugherty Easley on June 18, 1930, in Hutchinson, Kansas, she moved with her family to Boulder in 1944.
She attended University Hill Junior High and Boulder High School where she graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1948. At Boulder High she was editor of the yearbook, the Odoroloc, and the weekly newspaper, The Owl. During her senior year she was named "Most Valuable Student" by the statewide Elks organization.
Joanne attended the University of Colorado at Boulder on a Joint-Honor Scholarship. She graduated in 1952 with a degree in English Language. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi, which she served as president.
She was married to Sanders (Sandy) Arnold in 1952. They later divorced.
After a short stint as reporter/editor at the Boulder Daily Camera, she taught journalism at Boulder High School for some 14 years. During that time she earned the first master's degree in journalism awarded by the University of Colorado. In 1971 she earned a Ph.D. in organizational communication at CU.
After receiving her doctorate, she accepted a position as director of communications at the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). She left NCHEMS as assistant director in 1974 to return to the University as associate dean of the School of Journalism. She received tenure in 1977, the first woman to earn tenure in the School. She retired in 1995.
She was a member of the Women's Forum of Colorado.
From 1975 until 1981 Joanne served as associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. She also served as acting dean of the School of Journalism, acting vice chancellor for academic affairs and interim chair of the department of communication.
Her tireless service at the University was honored by the Boulder Faculty Assembly with its "Excellence in Service" award in 1994. She received Robert L. Stearns Award "for extraordinary contributions to the progress of the University" in 1980. In 2010 she received a CU Alumni Recognition Award.
The School of Journalism and Mass Communication honored Joanne with its 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award, the only woman to be so honored.
She made significant contributions as the chairperson of the Chancellor's Standing Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues; chair of the Silver and Gold Record editorial board; officer of the GLBT Alumni Chapter of the CU Boulder Alumni Association; and the chair of the campus council of associate deans.
Joanne endowed several scholarships at the University of Colorado, all named for other people, her "heroes". In 2010, for her 80th birthday, her friends began a scholarship endowment fund for a scholarship to be named for her. That effort resulted in the Joanne Easley Arnold English Scholars Fund, which awards scholarships to two top English Literature majors each year.
She received the 2010 Stan Black Award from the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County for "lifetime gifts of time, talent and treasure" to the community.
Joanne was elected to the Boulder Valley School Board and served from 1975 to 1979, when she didn't seek re-election. She was a member of the Boulder Library Board.
She is survived by her son Skip Arnold (Beverly Alexander) of Boulder, two granddaughters, Mary Maitta of Loveland and Emily (Jason) Arnold Main of Baltimore. Her great grandson Jason Maitta of Loveland and great granddaughter Eva Main of Baltimore also survive her.
Also surviving are her sister Marcie Hawley and nephew Tom (Bonnie) Hawley of Niwot, Susan (Graig) Anspach of Lafayette and five great nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 3rd at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1820 15th Street, in Boulder.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Arnold English Scholars Fund, c/o the CU Foundation, 4740 Walnut Street, Boulder CO 80301.
Published in The Boulder Daily Camera on June 30, 2013