EASTON--Joan K., died peacefully at home on February 28. She was 82. Joan was the beloved mother of Elizabeth and Tom, grandmother of Alex Traub and Isaac Easton. Her sheer love of life, her enthusiasm, her eagerness to hear, and elicit, the stories of all around her--and sometimes of complete strangers--endeared her to everyone she ever met. Graduating from the Holmquist School and Connecticut College, she found her vocation as a teacher at the Trinity School, St. Luke's and Riverdale, and later as head of admissions at the Dwight-Englewood School; she left behind generations of grateful students who cherish fond memories of her to this day. As a gifted athlete, she won the golf championship at the Sunningdale Country Club over twenty times; several years ago, to her great surprise and delight, the tournament was named after her. Joan loved music and art, devoting herself to the Helicon Foundation, a chamber music society, and to the Metropolitan Museum as a docent for 22 years. Despite these considerable achievements, she will be remembered above all by the hundreds of people who knew her as a friend--demanding as well as giving, elegant and earthy, funny and fond. Her life was immeasurably brightened along the way by the late Arthur Richenthal, her partner for twelve tender years. She was a devoted mother, an utterly adoring grandmother, a paragon of a mother-in-law to Eliza Adams and James Traub. No one who knew Joan Easton will ever forget her. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Helicon Foundation. A memorial service will be held at the Cosmopolitan Club on March 9 at 11am.
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Published in The New York Times on February 29, 2012