SCRIBNER--Joan, born Jeanette Kissel Sunderland on 28 May 1927, devoted wife of the late book publisher Charles Scribner, Jr., exemplary mother of Charles III, Blair, and John, grandmother of Charles IV and Christopher, great-grandmother of Elizabeth Blair, sister of the Rev. Canon Edwin S.S. Sunderland, died on 19th September at home in her native New York. A great-great-granddaughter of Commodore Vanderbilt, she graduated from Chapin and Bryn Mawr, served on boards of the Boys Club of New York and the National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction, and was a longtime member of the Colony Club and the New York Skating Club. A figure skater of impeccable musicality, style, and grace, she performed at United Hospital Fund shows at Rockefeller Center; with New York Skating Club and Ice Theatre of New York at Madison Square Garden, Sky Rink, Chelsea Piers, and Rockefeller Center; at Essex Hunt Club (New Jersey) and Beaver Dam (Long Island); and paired with the legendary Richard "Mr. Debonair" Dwyer of Ice Follies fame at the 1986 reopening of Wollman Rink in Central Park. Following her retirement after 66 years on the ice, she was honored by two-time Olympic gold medalist Dick Button at Ice Theatre's 2002 Gala. Funeral on Tuesday 25th September at 11am at St. Bartholomew's Church, Park Avenue at 51st.
Published in The New York Times on Sept. 20, 2012